Sports Stars not dropping the ball on CQ smoking rate
21 March 2018
Queensland Cup teams Frenchville Sports Club Capricorn Claws and Rockhampton Leagues Club CQ Capras have joined CQ Health’s 10,000 lives movement to reduce the high rate of daily smoking in Central Queensland.
Smoking is still the leading cause of death and disease in our communities and Claws Captain Tia Konui and Capras Captain Jack Madden say they are proud to be role models for a smoke-free lifestyle.
“I have grown up surrounded by smokers both my family and friends and I don’t like the smell or effect it has on their health. I want to be the best netballer I can be and my family supported my decision to never smoke,” Tia said.
“Browne Park Rugby League venue is now smoke-free, so it’s important for the Capras to support our smoking fans by informing them they can access 12 weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy and personalised support if they call Quitline (13QUIT),” Jack said.
CQ Health Chief Executive Steve Williamson said saving 10,000 Lives in CQ from smoking deaths by the year 2030 was a very ambitious target.
“We realise we won’t be able to achieve this on our own, and that’s why we’re enlisting the support of our health partners, businesses and influential community groups like our Queensland Cup teams,” Mr Williamson said.
“Smoking is an addiction and the average 40-year-old has tried to quit at least 10 times. With support from Quitline, our 10,000lives Facebook support group and encouragement from family and friends, you can double your chances to quit for good.
“We’d love to decrease the number of hospital admissions in our region, and we’re playing our part in making that happen.”