Tobacco Information

It’s time to make a Deadly Choice and quit smoking.

Tobacco use is the biggest killer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In fact, smoking kills 1 in 2 older (45+ years) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults*.

It's time to make the Deadly Choice to quit smoking.

The best thing a smoker or vaper can do for their health is quit, no matter their age.

Benefits of Quitting Smoking

There are so many benefits to quitting smoking. You are much more likely live longer, have a much better quality of life and you will also save so much money!

Health benefits include:

  • Decreased heart risks
  • Reduce the risk of serious chronic diseases
  • Risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke are reduced by 50%
  • Energy levels improve
  • Sense of taste and smell can improve
  • Less coughing and your breathing can improve
  • Liver and kidneys start removing toxins from the body
  • Less carbon monoxide in your blood so oxygen can easily reach your heart and muscles.
  • Stronger immune system, muscles, and bones

Getting Help

You aren’t alone in your quit journey. There are a range of places you can get professional help to complement your support.

If you are thinking of quitting, visit your local Community Controlled Health Service, GP or contact Quitline (13 7848) and ask for support and advice on quitting.


*K Thurber, E Banks, G Joshy, K Soga, A Marmor, G Benton, S White, S Eades, R Maddox, T Calma, R Lovett. Tobacco smoking and mortality among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults in Australia. International Journal of Epidemiology

Health Checks

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this website contains images of people who have passed away. With permission from their families, we have continued to use their images to acknowledge and honour their contributions in making our communities healthy and strong.

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