Member for Kiama Gareth Ward is today encouraging local residents to “butt out” this World No Tobacco Day (tomorrow Friday, 31st May 2024).

Mr Ward said that the World Health Organisation’s World No Tobacco Day is every year on 31st May.

“It was created to bring awareness to more people about the dangers and health risks of smoking tobacco, and ultimately, to stop use of tobacco around the world,” he said.

The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing over 8 million people a year around the world. 

“More than 7 million of those deaths annually are the result of direct tobacco use while around 1.3 million annually are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.

“In Australia, it’s the leading cause of throat and lung cancer, and a major risk factor in many other types of cancer. Smoking tobacco is one of the main causes of heart problems and diseases,” Mr Ward said.

“The aim of World No Tobacco Day is to highlight these important issues.

“As your local MP, I’ve supported similar public health campaigns in NSW to highlight the inherent dangers and risks of vaping amongst young Australians aged 14-24.

“The Quitline team are experts in helping people to quit cigarettes and vapes. They have helped thousands of people to quit and know what works. 

“Call Quitline today on 13 78 48 to talk to a friendly counsellor who understands nicotine addiction.

“They can provide personalised advice, tips, and the support to help you quit. You can also talk to your local GP about quitting today.