CQ Health boss backs call to lift smoking age
21 December 2017
CQ Health boss Steve Williamson has backed calls to lift the legal smoking age from 18 to 21.
“Smoking is one of the main factors in many chronic health conditions, and as the major hospital and healthcare provider in Central Queensland we’ve decided we can no longer sit back and do nothing; we’re trying to get the community behind a push to butt out,” Mr Williamson said.
“Last month we launched our 10,000 Lives project, and we’re already having a major impact with almost 300 smokers registered and receiving free support to quit.”
Mr Williamson said lifting the legal age of smoking from 18 to 21 would make it harder for young people to take up the habit, and would help reduce the ever-rising rate of tobacco related illnesses and deaths.
“We’re really trying to get the community behind those who want to quit smoking to stop lifetime habits forming.”
The Eliminating Cancer Initiative of Australian businessman Andrew Forrest is leading the push for increasing the legal age of smoking in Australia.
CQ Health has employed a new project officer, Caron Williams, to promote the 10,000 Lives project and help support those who register to quit. She is keen to have 1000 people signed up by the end of January.
Mrs Williams says it’s not too late to join, just email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on board now, and you can receive 12 weeks of support resources to kick-start your new life.
“With the New Year fast approaching it’s a really great time to start fresh, and to all those smokers who have been thinking about quitting, we can provide free tools to get you over the line,” she said.
“Our Facebook group is a great way for participants to interact with each other, to share tips for what’s working with them, and give messages of motivation. We can also get medical advice from health professionals if there are tricky questions from our quitters.
“It’s very rewarding to support these people as they tackle their addiction to make a big difference to their lives for a healthier future.”
CQ Health’s 10,000 Lives Project Officer Caron Williams and Chief Executive Steve Williamson