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Quitting's no puzzle for smokers on World No Tobacco Day

Monday 14 May, 2001

Quit is throwing down the challenge to Victorian smokers to leave the cigarettes behind on World No Tobacco Day, May 31. And to help those who want to give it a go, Quit has designed a new resource to give smokers quit tips in a novel and unusual way – by using a 'finger shuffle' puzzle.

Quit Executive Manager Suzanne Stillman says the finger shuffle, which will be included in special World No Tobacco Day Quit packs, is a new approach Quit is using to help smokers.

""When people are quitting, it helps them to have something to keep their hands busy. The  finger shuffle’ we’ve developed for World No Tobacco Day this year is something fun and different for those trying to quit, and it has the added bonus of including quit tips.""

Ms Stillman says Quit hopes thousands of Victorians will aim to quit on World No Tobacco Day, and the World No Tobacco Day Quit pack can help them quit for good.

""World No Tobacco Day is one of the busiest times for our trained Quitline staff. The increased publicity and range of activities around World No Tobacco Day encourages more smokers to give quitting a go.""

Ms Stillman says the free World No Tobacco Day Quit Pack includes a range of resources and materials to help smokers quit for good. To tie in with World No Tobacco Day’s  clean air’ theme, the packs also include an air freshener.

A wide range of organisations around Victoria – including schools, libraries, community health centres and other community groups - will participate in World No Tobacco Day this year. Quit Victoria is also organising a number of activities to help raise awareness of World No Tobacco Day.

The free World No Tobacco Day Quit Pack is available by calling the Quitline on 131 848.

Facts on smoking in Victoria

  • there are almost 750,000 adult smokers in Victoria
  • 23% of adult Victorian men and 18% of women are regular smokers
  • 75% of adult Victorian smokers have tried to quit, and it’s estimated about 2000 smokers try to quit every day in Victoria
  • smoking rates are highest amongst Victorians aged 18-29, with almost a third of people in this age group smoking
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    Zoe Furman
    Media Communications Manager
    Quit Victoria

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