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Targeting Tobacco Project support for community sector to help clients quit smoking

Targeting Tobacco Project support for community sector to help clients quit smoking

Cancer Council’s Targeting Tobacco Project, funded by the Australian Government through Tasmania Medicare Local, is encouraging community sector workers to take the first step in helping people living  on low incomes and/or with mental illness to quit smoking.

(Evidence shows that people with mental illness live an average 16 years less and women 12 years less tsan the general population and research suggests this is due to smoking.)

The Targeting Tobacco Project is currently supporting workplaces implement changes to address smoking as part of day-to-day work. It offers free training, resources and advice to community service organisations to help encourage their clients to stub out for good.

Organisations can also refer their clients to the Quitline to discuss how they might go about quitting. Simply call 137 848 or send a fax referral with your clients’ details.

To register your organisation’s interest in Targeting Tobacco or to find out more about how smoking impacts your clients, please visit www.quittas.org.au or call Carolyn Baker on 6242 8109.