Monday, 22 December 2014
If you’re not sure what to give your kids this Christmas, Cancer Council WA has a suggestion that your family will love – make the decision to quit smoking.
Cancer Council Tobacco Programs Manager, Cassandra Clayforth, says Christmas may not be a typical time of the year for smokers to consider quitting, but parents could see it as giving the best gift of all to their children.
“Although smoking rates among the adult population have dropped significantly in the past decade, there are still many smokers in WA and too many smokers developing often deadly, smoking related disease,” Ms Clayforth said.
“So when you’re wrapping up all those presents for the kids this Christmas, consider giving them the ultimate gift this year, and quit smoking,” she said.
Carnarvon Mum Melissa Frearson says her five year old son was the catalyst for her decision to quit in February this year.
“I was sitting outside having a smoke when he asked me why I smoked, then went on to describe what a smoker’s lung looks like after watching the ads on TV where they squeeze the tar out of the sponge,” Melissa said.
“He told me that’s what my ‘breathing things’ would look like so why would I smoke. I had no answer for him, put my spoke out and threw my packet in the bin!”
Around 210,000 West Australians remain daily smokers, with smoking causing the deaths of approximately 1500 West Australians each year.
Cancer Council WA’s Make Smoking History campaign urges people to quit smoking, and makesmokinghistory.org.au provides information about quitting smoking and the types of support available such as Quitline 13 78 48.
Make Smoking History is proudly supported by Cancer Council WA, the Department of Health WA and Healthway.