Register in SA government initiative 'Quit your way in May'

QUIT: SA government's nation first campaign urges smokers to go smoke-free for the month to improve their health. Photo: Shutterstock
QUIT: SA government's nation first campaign urges smokers to go smoke-free for the month to improve their health. Photo: Shutterstock

Cigarette smokers across the state are being urged to quit the habit in May in a bid to improve their health.

The state government call comes as they launch a national first campaign 'Quit your way in May' designed to encourage all South Australians to go smoke-free for the month, or part of.

Leading the initiative is Health and Wellbeing Minister Stephen Wade who is keen to see cigarette smokers make plans to have a go at quitting.

"It usually takes more than ten attempts to successfully quit smoking, so setting a short-term goal gives smokers an opportunity to experience success and celebrate stopping smoking," he explained.

"Hopefully that initial success will give them the skills and confidence to quit long term."

As part of the campaign, smokers who register can choose to receive regular emails to assist them with preparing to quit smoking and to provide support and advice throughout their quit attempt.

"And because we know smokers benefit from quitting with others, a Facebook support group has been established," the minister shared.

Hopefully that initial success will give them the skills and confidence to quit long term.

Health and Wellbeing Minister Stephen Wade

"We also want to remind smokers that the Quitline is always there if they need some additional assistance."

Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia Tobacco Control unit manager Dr Clinton Cenko said that quitting is a really good way to reduce stress and anxiety in the longer term.

"Although people generally think that smoking relieves cravings and stress, smoking can actually increase your stress hormones in the longer term," Dr Cenko said.

"But by about six weeks after quitting smoking, research indicates that most people feel less stressed and in a better mood than when they smoked.

"Quitting for a month means that participants will be well on the way to improving both their physical and mental health."

To register and get helpful tips and support, visit www.quityourwayinmay.com.au.

The public can contact the Quitline on 13 78 48.

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