Smokers urged to quit for charity
Smokers across NSW are being urged to put out their cigarettes for the month of November in the first ever Quitathon to raise money for the state's Cancer Council.
The Cancer Council Quitathon aims to encourage smokers to take the first step towards quitting and will raise money for cancer research, prevention and support.
The Council's chief executive Dr Andrew Penman said smoking is the single largest most preventable cause of death in Australia and smoking-related illnesses account for 19,000 deaths each year.
"Whilst many smokers are acutely aware of the health risks of smoking, actually quitting is an extremely difficult challenge for most," Dr Penman said.
"The Cancer Council Quitathon is designed to offer motivation and support to bolster their efforts to quit successfully."
During the campaign, the Cancer Council would offer helpful tips and information to help participants quit and remain smoke-free forever, Dr Penman said.
Those interested in taking part in the Quitathon are encouraged to register by the end of October, by collecting a form from pharmacists, the website (www.quitathon.com.au) or calling 1300 133 118.