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Leah tried her first cigarette at 15 and hated it. Lots of her friends smoked but she didnâ€™t start until she was 18. She quickly went from being a social smoker, smoking when out with friends, to buying her own. However, after 10 years of on-off smoking Leah has quit. Motivated by a desire to lead a healthier life sheâ€™s successfully kicked the habit.
Around 41% of Australian adults drink weekly. And around half of those who drink alcohol do so at levels that put them at higher risk of alcohol-related harm in the short term (falling over, getting into a fight) and about a quarter at levels that put them at higher risk of long-term harm (chronic disease such as cancer).
There is no doubt that drinking is part of Australian culture. BBQs and beer go together like meringue, cream and some kind of fruit; like Kylie and Jason; like Skippy and people down wells. Which is why it's understandable that the link between alcohol and cancer isn't a popular message. But even moderate amounts of alcohol increases the risk of cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, breast and bowel. However, at CYCR we're optimistic, we feel there could be a bit of a change in the air.
Five ways smokers can turn the odds in their favour when quitting.