Do you know that:
- 16% of Australians smoke
- 25% of Australians are ex-smokers
- 40 preventable deaths happen every day due to smoking related illnesses
Still think smoking is a good idea?
It’s important to know that there is no such thing as a ‘safe’ number of cigarettes one can smoke without your health being affected. The highest percentage of smokers are those aged between 40 and 60 years of age. They are also at higher risk of developing smoking related illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. There have always been more male than female smokers but that is about to change.
Thinking seriously about quitting smoking?
With the right support, you can do it! Did you know that with the help of health professionals you are 3 times more likely to succeed than going alone!
What are some of the benefits of quitting smoking?
- Major and immediate health benefits
- Reduce your risk of heart attack, cancer and lung disease
- Improve your fitness, breathing and appearance
The health benefits aside, it sets a great example to children, saves you money and will help you to create newer and healthier habits.
The Smoking Cessation Program
The Station on Tanti’s Smoking Cessation Program has been developed by one of The Station’s resident doctors, Dr. Ivan Martinez. Ivan has designed the program in such a way that it can help you to give up smoking and provide you with the support to stay smoke free. We have put in place a comprehensive health service based on clinical evidence, to help you achieve your goal of quitting smoking.
Our program includes strategies to successfully quit, how to change “habits” and deal with the emotional side to smoking, understanding the effect of nicotine on your body and how to qualify for PBS scripts*. We will also deal with the feared withdrawal syndrome in order to make you feel comfortable.
Am I eligible?
If you are over the age of 18 years and want to give up smoking, you are eligible for the service.
Is there a cost and what does the Program consist of?
The first consultation is bulk-billed and it lasts for 45 minutes. We will assess your current smoking problem and measure important parameters such as nicotine levels, physical signs of lung disease or psychological barriers to stop smoking. We also carry a motivational and nicotine addiction assessments, both important tools to outline a quitting management plan. At the end of the consultation a management plan will be formulated and discussed with you.
Subsequent consultations will be billed as per a Standard Consultation.
The recommended treatment and follow up duration is 12 months. Ideally we should see you at least once a month in order to monitor your progress, address possible relapses if they happen and monitor your pharmacological treatment if there is one. We will also monitor nicotine levels in urine. Motivation is an important part of the treatment so we will be working along with you to help you increase your motivation in order to achieve your quitting goal.
*(You may incur costs associated with the purchasing Champix or Nicotine Replacement Therapy)
How do I make an appointment?
The first step can be the hardest but we are making it as easy as possible for you to access this service. You can book your First Smoking Cessation Appointment and subsequent Follow-Ups Online or you can call the clinic on 59772266 to make an appointment.
As ever, if you have any queries or concerns contact your local doctor!