This World No Tobacco Day is an important reminder that healthcare professionals play an important role in educating and motivating smokers to quit. Primary health practitioners should continuously work to identify smokers, assess their smoking status, and offer them support and cessation treatment options at every opportunity.
In our region, respiratory disease is the third leading cause of death and accounts for 5% of all hospitalisations. The leading cause of respiratory diseases is tobacco smoking. Our region’s smoking in pregnancy rates are consistently higher than the NSW average, with almost 14% of pregnant women smoking during pregnancy.