Date published:

1 June 2021

Specific audience:

General public

World No Tobacco Day 2021 - Commit to Quit

World No Tobacco Day is an annual reminder of the dangers of tobacco use and its impact on the health of individuals and communities. It also sheds light on the tactics used by tobacco and related companies to attract younger generations of smokers, despite public health and regulatory efforts to reduce their influence.

There is increasing evidence that smokers are more likely to develop severe COVID-19 disease if they become infected. This has led to millions of smokers worldwide wanting to quit tobacco, which has inspired this year’s theme for World No Tobacco Day: Commit to Quitting.

Commitment to cessation measures aims to create healthier environments that:

  • advocate strong tobacco cessation policies
  • increase access to strike services
  • raise awareness of tactics in the tobacco industry
  • and empowers tobacco users to make successful cessation efforts.

To support this goal, the WHO has compiled ‘More than 100 Reasons to Quit Tobacco’ in celebration of World No Tobacco Day.

In Australia, tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disability.

  • It is estimated that more than 20,000 Australians are killed each year.
  • It is a leading cause of cancer, contributing to at least 16 different types of cancer.
  • It is a major cause of cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and type 2 diabetes, and COVID-19 patients with these health conditions have been observed worldwide to suffer worse outcomes.

In celebration of World No Tobacco Day in 2021, the Minister of Health and Elderly Care, Hon Greg Hunt MP, announced a package of new measures to support smoking cessation and treat nicotine addiction. These measures underscore the Australian Government’s commitment to helping more Australians quit smoking.

Read Minister Hunt’s media statement.

In addition, the Australian Government continues to support locally adapted population health approaches to reduce smoking rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders through the Tackling Indigenous Smoking Program.

Since the program began in 2010, the daily smoking rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have decreased from about 50% to about 37%. Reducing tobacco use in this population remains a public health priority.

There is no safe level of tobacco consumption. Quitting at any age is beneficial to your overall health, including mental health, and can reduce depression, anxiety, and stress.

There are many services available to help Australians quit smoking, including:

You can also talk to your doctor, healthcare provider and pharmacist about products that help you become smoke-free.

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