About 1 billion people in the world smoke and 5 million people die annually from cigarettes- they are highly addictive, and cause severe disease including heart disease, lung cancer, emphysema and dangerous effects on almost every system in the body. Societies that have tackled tobacco head-on have used a range of effective strategies including advertising strategies, banning cigarette smoking in various locations, legislation and mandatory labelling on packets just to name a few policies. Your local GP can also provide several effective counselling and medication strategies to help you stop smoking, which is one of the best things you could do to improve your health.
Tobacco, Lung Diseases and NCDs: A Reason to Dance, but the Rain is Still Falling
By Nathan Grills
As the NCDs rain down, or even pour, and the forecast is for torrential rain, we can bask in the success of tobacco control in places like Australia. Unlike when I grew up, my children, and yours can dance without having to choke on tobacco smoke. So, tobacco control in Australia is a story about dancing in the rain!