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Warning - Smoking reduces your father's days

Saturday 1 September, 2001

Quit is urging Victorian fathers who smoke to use Father's Day tomorrow, Sunday September 2, as an incentive to quit smoking.

The call comes as latest data shows the toll of smoking on Victorian fathers – and their families.

Quit Executive Director Todd Harper says in 1999 over 2100 fathers in Victoria died from a smoking-related disease.

""Fathers and their families are losing out because of smoking. Every week two Victorian children lose a father under 50 because of a smoking-related illness.""

""And of all the people who died in Victoria from a smoking related illness in 1999, over half were fathers.""

Mr Harper says he hopes that Quit’s new campaign which targets parents, launched only a few weeks ago, will help encourage even more Victorian fathers to think about quitting this year.

""The response to our new campaign shows that not being around to watch your kids grow up and be part of their life is a powerful reason for people to quit.""

""We’re urging smokers to quit before it’s too late. Sadly, smoking related diseases can strike early. In 1999 half of the men under 40 who died from smoking related illnesses were fathers.""

""The best present dads can give their family – and themselves – for Father’s Day is to try to give up smoking. You’ll feel fitter and be able to enjoy a game of football or cricket with the kids, and the money saved over a year could even pay for a family holiday.""

Mr Harper says Quit has free resources and support available to help smokers who want to quit.

""I’d urge any dad who’s thinking about quitting to take the first step and call the Quitline on 131 848 and ask for a quit pack.""

Research by the Anti-Cancer Council’s Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer shows that children want their parents to quit, with latest data showing one third of male smokers say their children want them to quit.

Smokers who want resources and support to quit can call the Quitline on 131 848.

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Key statistics

In Victoria in 1999:

  • Over 2100 fathers died from a smoking-related disease.
  • About 80% of all Victorian men who died from a smoking-related disease were fathers.
  • Every week two Victorian children lose a father under 50 because of a smoking-related illness.
  • Half of the men under 40 who died from smoking related illnesses were fathers.
  • Latest statistics show 23.2% of Victorian men smoke compared to 18.3% of women.

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Further information:

Zoe Furman
Media Communications Manager
Quit Victoria

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