Tobacco smoking kills up to half of its users and has a global annual death toll of more than five million people. It is the largest cause of preventable death in the western world. Around 3 million Australians are daily smokers, many of whom are soc...Show more...
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Tobacco smoking kills up to half of its users and has a global annual death toll of more than five million people. It is the largest cause of preventable death in the western world. Around 3 million Australians are daily smokers, many of whom are socially disadvantaged. This title reveals the toxic contents of tobacco and the health effects of smoking (including passive smoking) on the body. The book also addresses a number of commonly held myths and misconceptions about the risks and impacts of smoking. A range of different quitting methods and products for overcoming nicotine addiction is also explored in detail. Another focus of this book is the role of government and legislation in controlling tobacco use and its marketing. Why do so many people continue to let their health go up in smoke?
Chapter 1: Tobacco use and health
Chapter 2: Quitting Smoking
Chapter 3: Tobacco control and marketing
Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index
In 2007-08, around 8 million Australian adults aged 15 years and over had smoked at some time in their lives. Around 3.3 million were current smokers, with the vast majority (91%) of these people smoking daily. Males were more likely to be current smokers than females (22% compared with 18%).
In 2007-08, around 9% of young men aged 15-17 years were current smokers, with the rate peaking at 33% for those aged 25-34 years before declining to around 5% for men aged 75 years or over.
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