Quitline here to help you butt out this World No Tobacco Day
Smokers in Queensland are being encouraged to butt out for good this World No Tobacco Day.
While Queensland daily smoking rates have been steadily declining, 12 per cent of Queenslanders are still daily smokers.
Queensland Health Director of Marketing Phillip Stork said the government's most recent All By Myself anti-smoking campaign had seen a surge in calls to Quitline.
"The campaign has been running during the month of May and Quitline has seen a 40 per cent increase in the number of inbound calls compared to May last year," Mr Stork said.
"The campaign focuses on raising awareness of the effects second-hand smoke can have on those people around them.
"It uses an emotional message to show them while they think they're doing the right thing by staying outside or smoking alone, but their second-hand smoke can longer in enclosed places, like inside cars, for up to two hours. This may do damage to those around them.
"We also encourage people to contact Quitline if they are looking for support to quit smoking."
Quitline is a free and confidential service offered to all Queenslanders to support them to stop smoking altogether, performing more than 27,000 counselling sessions this financial year.
Brisbane resident Leanne Kennedy recently quit smoking and credited Quitline with offering her the support she needed.
"It's been 26 days since I had my last cigarette and that is absolutely amazing because for 32 years I smoked reasonably heavily," Ms Kennedy said.
"I noticed my breathing and lung capacity were getting worse and I was starting to pant just walking up the hill to work. It was then I knew it was time to quit.
"I've tried to give up smoking in the past but I knew this time I had to give it everything and a colleague suggested I contact Quitline."
"Once I settled on a quit date, they explained how nicotine replacement therapy worked and the changes I would notice in my body.
"The counsellors at Quitline have been absolutely instrumental to me quitting smoking and I can't recommend the service enough."
Quitline counsellor Sally Vilenica said the program is very effective at helping people quit smoking for good.
"Quitline counsellors are available 7am to 10pm every day to provide support and we also offer targeted programs to help all Queenslanders along their quit journey to stop smoking," Ms Vilenica said.
"One such program is our Yarn to Quit program which is run by a dedicated team of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander counsellors for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
"I am one of these counsellors, but we have both male and female staff Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can speak to."
"Those on the program are quitting at over five times the rate of people who go it alone, which is great to see.
To find out more about quitting smoking contact Quitline on 13 QUIT (13 78 48).