Smokers trying to kick the habit in the New Year are encouraged to stick at it.

BUTT IT OUT: The State Government is encouraging smokers who are trying to give up the habit in the New Year to stick at it and not give up. Photo: Supplied.
BUTT IT OUT: The State Government is encouraging smokers who are trying to give up the habit in the New Year to stick at it and not give up. Photo: Supplied.

With the dawn of a New Year comes endless lists of New Year resolutions in an attempt for people to give up unwanted bad habits.

While those resolutions can often be hard to stick to, the State Government is encouraging those who vowed to give up smoking to not “lose heart” and to continue to try their best and kick the habit.

Tobacco smoking is the single greatest cause of preventable death in Australia, responsible for around 15,000 deaths per year.

Studies show that smoking greatly increases the risk of many different cancers and diseases including heart disease, heart attack and stroke, lung diseases such as emphysema, diabetes along with other serious medical conditions.

People who are seeking assistance in their quest to quit smoking can call the confidential ‘Quitline’ telephone service and speak with a qualified ‘Quit’ counsellor on 13 78 48.

Health Minister Peter Malinauskas said that quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do to improve your health and save money.

“Breaking any habit is hard and that is why it’s important to remember that relapsing is part of the journey for many people,” he said.

“If you have relapsed, don’t be hard on yourself, quitting takes practice, so every time you quit you get better at it.”

Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Lincoln Size said every attempt to quit brings you closer to success and leads to better health at any age.

“Don’t be put off if you have not been successful in keeping your New Year’s resolution to quit smoking.”