SMOKING AND YOUR HEALTH: IS IT TIME TO QUIT?

 

Tobacco smoking is the main cause of preventable death and disease in Australia.  It’s never too late to quit smoking! Even if you’ve smoked for years, once you’ve quit smoking you can reverse the effects and experience the health benefits.

SMOKING AND THE WORKPLACE

All indoor and enclosed areas in a workplace including company vehicles should be smoke-free. Make sure that you are familiar with the smoking policy at your place of work.

Disclaimer: The following information is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation

DID YOU KNOW?
  • 20 minutes after your last cigarette your blood pressure and pulse will start to return to normal levels
  • 24 hours after your last cigarette you will have already decreased your risk of heart attack
  • Giving up smoking can also reduce anxiety by more than a third
QUITTING HAS MANY BENEFITS

If you’re a smoker then deciding to quit can be one of the best things you can do for your health. You and those around you will start to benefit almost immediately:

  • Improve health, reduce risk of disease
  • Look younger and live longer
  • Help friends,  family and the environment
  • Save money
TIPS TO HELP YOU GET STARTED
  • Set a date to quit and try to stick to it
  • Find approach that is going to work for you (some people find patches, chewing gum or other nicotine replacement products useful)
  • Find ways to distract yourself and try to change any habits you associate with craving a cigarette
  • Let your friends and family know you are trying to quit and ask for their support
  • Try some form of exercise (walking, bike riding, stretching) – it will  help you beat the cravings
  • Be kind to yourself. Some days will be easier than others but it’s important to keep going
  • For more information, visit the Quitline website, speak to your GP or call the Quitline on 13 7848

 

WELLNESS GOES 24/7

Labourpower values your health and wellbeing and is committed to wellness in the workplace. We are proud to partner with Workactive to bring you safety and wellbeing programs throughout the year.

Look out for our regular Toolbox Tuesday and Wellness Wednesday posts on Facebook, LinkedIn and the Labourpower website.

 

 

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