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Stub out a real killer of a habit for World No Tobacco Day 2016

Date posted: 31 May 2016

The Cancer Council of New South Wales (NSW), the Heart Foundation and the Tamworth Aboriginal Medical Service (TAMS) have all placed their support behind World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2016. The aim is to inform people that smoking can kill. The Cancer Council of NSW North West Community Programs Co-Ordinator, Dimity Betts, said they had partnered with the Cancer Institute NSW to raise awareness that smoking is linked to 16 different cancers which, she said, would shock people.

Mrs Betts said initiatives such as smoke-free areas, plain packaging and increased taxes encouraged people to quit or prevented new smokers. 'It’s also about raising awareness and it’s not just about cancer, it’s also heart disease,' Mrs Betts said. 'We will use the day to raise awareness through campaigns on social media and in traditional media because about 15% of people in Hunter New England Health Area smoke.'

Mrs Betts said in regional, rural and remote communities, this number may even be at 20%.

Source: The Northern Daily Leader

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