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Want healthy lungs? Go smoke free

31 May 2019

Today’s World No Tobacco Day raises awareness of the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure with this year’s campaign putting the spotlight on lung health.

smoker's lung in a jar with cigarettes

Tobacco exposure can affect lung health in many ways including:

  • lung cancer
  • chronic respiratory disease
  • stroke
  • cancer-causing air pollution
  • reduced lung health across the life span.

While smoking rates for Western Australians continue to decline, there is still significant scope to further reduce tobacco exposure and to protect the health of all Western Australians.

Results from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ recently released National Health Survey showed that fewer than 12% of WA adults are daily smokers, down from 23% in 1995.

WA adults are less likely to be daily smokers than the national average (13.8%) and WA was the only State or Territory to record a decrease in daily smoking rates since 2014-15.

Despite the positive trend, more Western Australians can benefit from going smoke free.

Find your reason to quit.