Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of men in Queensland. Smoking is responsible for 84% of lung cancer in males. We all know smoking isn’t good for us, or those around us, and while smoking rates in Queensland have been declining for many years its effects on our health are still far-reaching and severe. There is no safe level of smoking.
There are many benefits to not smoking from improved health through to saving money. Here are some things that perhaps you didn’t know:
- 3 months after quitting your lung function and circulation improves
- 1 year after quitting your risk of coronary heart disease is halved campared to continuing smokers
- 10 years after quitting the chances of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a continuing smoker and continues to decline. Risk of cancers of the bladder, kidney and pancreas also decrease.
- 15 years after quitting the risk of heart disease and risk of death is about the same as for those who have never smoked
For more information visit Cancer Council Queensland.