Benefits of quitting for your family

Quitting smoking is really hard but you are not just quitting for you; quitting can improve the health and wellbeing of your whole family.

Not only is smoking a health risk to you and your family, it is also expensive. On average a pack of cigarettes costs $25-30. Someone who smokes a pack of cigarettes a day is spending over $7,000 A YEAR on cigarettes.

What else could you and your family buy with this money? Use the Quit Now Calculator to find out how much you can save.

Smoking and Pregnancy

Smoking during pregnancy can lead to health problems for the mother and the baby including miscarriage, still birth, pre-term delivery, low birth weight and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).9

In 2014-15, around two in five (39%) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 0–3 years had a birth mother who had smoked or chewed tobacco during pregnancy.10

It is best to quit before you get pregnant to plan for a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. Trying to reduce the amount of cigarettes you have when you are pregnant does not eliminate the risks to you or your baby.11

Quitting smoking is hard but the good news is that by stopping smoking at any time during your pregnancy, you and your baby benefit by getting more oxygen.12 It’s never too late to quit smoking.

Download the Quit for You Quit for Two app for support and encouragement to help you quit smoking.

Second-hand Smoke

There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke.13 Non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke have a higher risk of ill health and disease caused by tobacco smoke, including lung cancer and heart disease.9

Restrictions on where people can smoke reduces exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke and reduces health risks.14

It is also shown that children with parents that smoke are more likely to take up smoking themselves.15 Being smoke-free provides positive role modelling for the children around you and can help to break the smoking cycle.

Making our homes, cars and communities smoke free will help to reduce the exposure to second-hand smoke for ourselves, our family and our community.

There are a range of tools available to help you quit, including the My QuitBuddy and Quit for You, Quit for Two mobile apps.

You can call the Quitline on 13 78 48 to speak to a professionally trained counsellor. Indigenous counsellors are available on request.

9 Horne RSC, Hauck FR, Moon RY. Sudden infant death syndrome and advice for safe sleeping. BMJ 2015;350:h1989.

10 ABS, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey 2014-15, released 28 April 2016, Health Risk Factors.

11 NSW Health. National clinical guidelines for the management of drug use during pregnancy, birth and the early development years of the newborn. Sydney: NSW Department of Health, 2006.

12 U.S Department of Health and Human Services 2015, Tobacco Use and Pregnancy, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention,

13U.S Department of Health and Human Services, The health consequences of involuntary exposure to tobacco smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, National Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Smoking and Health, 2006.

14 Lightwood, J & Glantz, S 2009, Declines in Acute Myocardial Infarction After Smoker-Free Laws and Individual Risk Attributable to Secondhand Smoke, American Heart Association, vol. 120, pp1373-1379.

15 Leonardi-Bee, J, Jere, M & Britton, J 2011, Exposure to parental and sibling smoking and the risk of smoking uptake in childhood and adolescence: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Thorax, vol.66, no.10, pp847-55.