Tobacco breaks hearts - World No Tobacco Day 2018

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World No Tobacco Day is recognised around the world every year on 31 May. The day is set aside to raise awareness about the devastating health effects of tobacco use and exposure, and is a day to encourage people to quit smoking or at least try a 24 hour period of abstinence from tobacco use. This year’s theme is tobacco and heart disease, aiming to increase awareness of the link between tobacco smoking, heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases (CVD), including stroke.

Tobacco use is an important risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Despite the known harms of tobacco to heart health, and the availability of solutions to reduce related death and disease, awareness of this among many people is still low. 


Find quit smoking resources on QHEPS


In Australia smoking tobacco is the largest preventable cause of death and disease. Each year, smoking is estimated to kill almost 19,000 Australians and costs Australia $31.5 billion in social (including health) and economic costs. Smoking not only affects smokers, it also affects those exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke, which can cause serious cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, including coronary heart disease and lung cancer. In Australia, CVD is one of the leading causes of death killing one Australian every 12 minutes, with 45,392 deaths attributed to CVD in Australia in 2015.

Worldwide CVD kills more people than any other cause of death, and tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure contribute to approximately 17% of all heart disease deaths. The global tobacco epidemic kills more than 7 million people each year, of which close to 900 000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke.

Many ex-smokers successfully quit without needing any support, while for others getting the right help and support can go a long way to ensure they quit smoking for good.

Queensland Health provides support for staff and patients, including clinical pathways; nicotine replacement therapy; professional development videos and brief intervention training; and Quitline telephone counselling), which can be found here on QHEPS. You will also find information and resources on the QuitNow website.

CKN journals and resources such as BMJ Best Practice, ClinicalKey, Nursing Reference Center Plus and DynaMed Plus provide smoking cessation articles, topics, guidelines, strategies, and treatment options.

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