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Yesterday was World No Tobacco Day.

So Professor Fraser Brims, from the Institute for Respiratory Health, joined Mike to reaffirm the harmful effects of smoking on our health and our planet.
The World Health Organisation’s theme for this year’s World No Tobacco Day campaign is “tobacco: threat to our environment.” Professor Fraser Brims said, “People who take the step towards improving their health by quitting smoking are giving themselves a huge gift. As it is the most common cause of lung cancer. The fact that quitting helps to protect the planet is a double win.’

Each year around 7,400 men and 6,300 Australian women are diagnosed with lung cancer. Unfortunately the survival is low with more than 9,000 Australians dying from the disease. “Lung cancer kills more Australians than breast, prostate and ovarian cancers combined.” But tobacco not only harms the smoker – it also harms others through second-hand smoke and the environment. “Non-smokers who are exposed to second-hand smoke at home or work increase their risk of developing lung cancer by 20 – 30 per cent.” There is also the impact on our environment. “For every 300 cigarettes made, one tree is cut down. Six trillion cigarettes are made each year.”

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