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  • Quitting smoking and weight gain

    Smokers are more likely to develop belly fat and fat around the organs, which is linked to stroke, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Quitting smoking can actually reduce this belly and organ fat, decreasing the health risks.

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  • Quitting smoking and fertility

    Smoking affects fertility in both men and women, making it more difficult to get pregnant, and reducing the chances of a having a safe and healthy pregnancy for both mother and baby. If either member of a couple smokes, it can reduce fertility.

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  • Pregnancy and quitting smoking

    If you are a smoker and are pregnant or wanting to become pregnant, the best thing you can do for your own health and that of your unborn child is to quit smoking. If you smoke during pregnancy, there are health risks for both you and your unborn baby.

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  • What is third-hand smoke?

    Third-hand smoke is the left-over nicotine and other chemicals from cigarette smoke that clings to indoor surfaces such as walls, carpets, curtains, furniture and even toys. It is a fairly new concept and its dangers are still being researched.

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  • Smoking causes sticky blood

    Smoking causes sticky blood, which can result in clots that can block arteries and lead to a heart attack or stroke. Within 10 minutes of inhaling a cigarette, your blood becomes sticky.

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  • Take the smoking quiz

    When you better understand your reasons for smoking, you’ll be better prepared to quit smoking. There are three main reasons for smoking – addiction, habits, and emotions.

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  • COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses

    In an uncertain world, one thing is certain - there has never been a better time to quit smoking. COVID-19 has changed so many aspects of daily life that it can feel like you are losing control. But for smokers, there is one thing you can control. You can choose to quit smoking and reduce your likelihood of smoking-related harms. And there has never been a better time to do it.

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  • Smoking and your pets’ health

    Your pets can suffer health effects from second-hand tobacco smoke, just like your other family members. In fact, the health issues affecting pets exposed regularly to tobacco smoke can be very similar to those seen in humans.

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  • Living with mental illness?

    If you are a smoker living with mental illness, research tells us that you are just as likely as the next person to want to quit smoking and there is no reason why you can’t be successful at quitting.

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  • Support for Aboriginal smokers

    If you are an Aboriginal person who wants to quit smoking, check out the Give up smokes website or Quitline has Aboriginal counsellors available to support you or answer questions on 13 78 48.

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  • Cigarette harms you didn’t know about

    Most people know that smoking causes a multitude of cancers as well as heart attacks and strokes. But there are many other smoking-related health harms we don’t hear so much about that are also devastating to quality of life, some of which can be life threatening.

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  • Three very different quitting stories

    South Australian former smokers Scott, Esther and Pauline all quit smoking in different ways, but all had in common a strong desire to quit smoking. They are now experiencing the many benefits of being smoke-free. Listen to them tell their stories.

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  • ‘Light smoking’ doesn’t lessen the harms

    Smoking four to six cigarettes per day is often regarded as ‘light smoking’ or ‘social smoking’, but the health harms are anything but light. Individuals who smoke an average of five cigarettes each day have around double the risk of dying of cardiovascular disease of people who never smoked.

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  • You are never too old to quit smoking

    Many individuals who have smoked for decades think the damage is irreversible so they don’t see any benefit in quitting smoking. But quitting smoking at any age will increase your life expectancy and improve your quality of life.

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  • Hidden damage caused by smoking

    Cigarette smoke often does damage to the body before the smoker even knows about it. And when symptoms do arise, smokers often mistake them for other conditions or health problems that aren’t related to smoking.

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  • Five ways to stay quit

    Most smokers will try to quit several times before they succeed. However, the good news is that if you quit smoking for a month, you are far more likely to stay a quitter. All quitters face temptation along the way. When it happens to you, try these techniques.

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