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Breathing Better

Taking a breathe for most of us is something we don't think about but for '4 million Australians living with asthma', breathing easy is never taken for granted. Source: Asthma Foundation 2011

Smoking-related diseases killed 14,900 Australians in 2004–05. This means there were 40 preventable deaths every day. Major tobacco-related diseases include cancer, heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Source: Better Health Channel 2011

Breathe Easy - Asthma

Go to the community asthma program page to learn about the impacts of astma. Asthma doesn't only impact the 4 million Australians living with the condition, but also the families, caregivers, friends and employers of those with asthma. This potentially fatal condition requires diagnosis, management and increased awareness in the community. If you or anyone in your care is showing any sign of difficulty breathing, seek medical advice as soon as possible. For anyone wanting to know more about asthma, symptoms and management there are a range of resources available, however none can replace the care of a trained health professional.

For an introduction to asthma and its triggers go to the Better Health Channel website.

The Asthma Foundation is a national peak body that provides resources and raises awareness about asthma. Go to the Asthma Foundation website to learn what to do in an asthma emergency.

Go to the Asthma Foundation of Victoria website to find advice, counselling, education and training for people living with asthma and the wider community.

Breathe Easy - Quit Smoking

The good news is that smoking rates have declined since the 1970s, however the bad news is that the highest rates of smoking are in the 24 - 29 year old age group. Also more men are smoking compared to women in all age groups and people's low wealth and education increases the rates of smoking.

In 2004/05 the total social costs of tobacco use in Australia were $31.5 billion. This includes costs to government, business and smokers and their families. Source: The Quit Victoria website

Most people understand that smoking is bad for health and it has terminal implications. Most Australians have known someone with cancer.

There is no one easy answer to reducing the rates of smoking. It is for this reason, many resources have been developed to highlight the information and support that is required for smokers, family members of smokers, workplaces and public spaces.

Quit Helpline: 137848 - for counselling, advice and resources
Go to the Quit Victoria website which provides practical assistance, tools, information, training and support for smokers, schools, workplaces and health professionals.

Go to the federal government's Department of Health and Ageing website to find the 2011 National Tobacco Strategy.

Further resources:

Go to the Australian Government Quitline website to start the journey and quit smoking.
Go to the Reach Out website to see why people smoke.
Go to the Kids' Health website to find resources for youth who smoke or could get involved with smoking.

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