Choose the good smoke

Good smoke and fire are important parts of our story. They can heal country, protect us, form part of ceremony, and provide a place of connection and food.

Bad smoke is toxic. It can seriously affect your health, impacting your family and community around you. It can also seriously drain your finances.

Are you ready to quit the bad smoke?

There are many reasons why you might consider quitting smoking.

You might want to improve your health and lifestyle, to save money, or protect your family. Whatever the reason, we can help you on your quit journey.

We have dedicated staff who can provide advice on what the right way to quit for you might be, as well as access to a range of resources and therapies.

Get in touch with Jay McDonald, our Smoking Cessation and Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Worker or your local Aboriginal Health Service to have a yarn about what supports could work for you.

Call Jay on (03) 6332 3800 or email

Stories of our mob

Nunami Sculthorpe-Green travelled across Lutruwita to listen and share the stories of people in our community who have, or who are in the process of quitting smoking.

She heard successful quit stories and commitment from those who are still on the journey. People shared why they quit, how they did it and what help they had to keep them on track.

Check out the podcasts here! (links to podcasts page)

The health benefits of quitting

Quit Tasmania explains the health benefits of quitting, following the time since your last cigarette.

For more information on the benefits of quitting smoking, calculating how much you’d save, and listening to other quit stories, visit Quit Tasmania (external link).

The Health benefits based on the last time since your last cigarette: 

After 20 minutes your blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal. 

After 8 hours nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in your blood are reduced and oxygen levels return to normal. 

After 24 hours carbon monoxide is eliminated from your body and your lungs and become clearer. 

After 48 hours (about 2 days) your body is clear of nicotine and taste and smell improve. 

After 72 hours (about 3 days) you can breathe easier, your energy levels and sport performance improve. 

After three to nine months, you become healthier; coughs, wheezing and breathing problems are improved, and your lungs are functioning better. 

After one year your lungs are healthier and you can breathe and exercise better. 

After five years your risk of a heart attack is reduced to half that of someone that continues to smoke. 

After 10 years your risk of lung cancer reduces to half that of someone that continues to smoke. Your risk of heart attack falls to about the same as someone who has never smoked. 
Information from Quit Tasmania