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Quit Victoria calls on workplaces to go smokefree as people return to work

Tuesday 18 January, 2005

Quit Victoria has called on workplaces to go smokefree and help employees returning to work keep new year's resolutions to quit smoking

According to Quit Victoria’s Executive Director, Mr Todd Harper, the New Year period presents employers with an opportunity to help employees and customers stick to their quitting plans and stay healthy.

""With so many smokers making quitting their New Year’s resolution it is a perfect time for workplaces to implement a smokefree policy,"" says Mr Harper.

Mr Harper says quitting in the week you return to work can actually be a better option for smokers than trying to quit on New Year’s Eve.

“Trying to quit when you’re in the holiday season can be very difficult, and it’s important to set realistic goals. Smokers who plan their quit date to coincide with when they return to work will probably find it easier than during the festive season when socialising can make quitting very difficult.”

The Quitline has been working hard throughout the holiday season to ensure help is on hand to provide support and guidance to all those smokers who want to go smokefree in 2005.

“Already the number of calls to the Quitline on a single day this year has exceeded the highest number of calls in a single day last year.”

“It is fantastic to see so many people making a quit attempt so early in 2005, and it would be great if workplaces follow their lead and also quit smoking in the year ahead,” says Mr Harper.

If you need extra support, call the Quitline on 137 848

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Further information:

Edwina Vellar,
Media Manager
ph: (03) 9635 5400
mob: 0417 303 811           
email: edwina.Vellar@cancervic.org.au

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