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Sunday 31 May is World No Tobacco Day, a global initiative that aims to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke. This year, the theme for World No Tobacco Day is Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use #tobaccoexposed.

In South Australia, we’re on track to achieve our first smoke free generation ever.

Since 1990, Cancer Council SA has been monitoring South Australian adolescents’ health behaviours via the Australian School Students Alcohol and Drug Survey (ASSAD) and the good news is that tobacco use is at an all-time low.

However, there’s still more work to be done.

Products such as e-cigarettes and roll your own tobacco cigarettes are targeted at young people, aiming to re-normalise smoking behaviours and undo the generations of good work we’ve done to reduce the smoking rate.

This World No Tobacco Day, we’re asking all young people to be #tobaccoaware and think about how their actions today might impact them in the future.

Support to help you quit

If you, or someone you know wants to give up the cigarettes for good, World No Tobacco Day is the perfect time to do it.

Research shows that contacting Quitline 13 7848 doubles your chances of quitting smoking.

Our free webchat service (chat box in the bottom right corner of our webpage), is a great option if you’re looking for information or support. You can have a free, confidential chat with a Quitline Counsellor online via your phone, tablet or computer. If you work with young people, you can also make a referral.

So get in touch today and find out how we can help. Contact us on 13 7848 or explore our website for more information.

Make this World No Tobacco Day the first day in your quitting journey.