All tobacco smoke is full of the same toxic poisons – it doesn’t matter what type of cigarette you smoke. The aerosol from e-cigarettes also contains toxic chemicals, metals and particles that cause harm.
The best way to escape the con is to quit smoking and vaping
All tobacco smoke is full of the same toxic poisons – it doesn’t matter if the cigarettes you smoke are tailor-mades or rollies, menthols or non-menthols, or if they taste light or heavy, smooth or harsh. Tobacco contains toxic poisons that are formed at every stage – from farm, to factory, to when a cigarette is lit. The aerosol from e-cigarettes also contains toxic chemicals, metals and particles that cause harm.
The best way to escape this con is to quit smoking and vaping.
What’s the best way to quit?
Research shows you are more likely to quit and stay quit when you:
- speak with a GP. A GP can discuss options and provide a script for subsidised stop smoking medication. See What to ask your GP.
- talk with Quitline (13 7848). Quitline counsellors are qualified in helping people to quit. Quitline counsellors help build and sustain a person’s motivation to quit and help them build a quit plan that suits them. They’ve helped thousands of people quit. Read more about how Quitline can help.
- use stop smoking medication, like the nicotine patch and gum or prescribed stop smoking tablets, to help manage symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.
Quitline is a culturally safe space
- We have information in Arabic, Mandarin and Simplified Chinese and Vietnamese, and a Quitline counsellor can speak with you in these languages through an interpreter service.
- You can ask to yarn with an Aboriginal Quitline counsellor.
- We work with the LGBTIQ+ community - Quitline counsellors can chat with you in a culturally appropriate and accessible way and you'll find peers working in the service.
- If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can call the National Relay Service to access the Quitline. For other options click here.
If you speak a language other than English (LOTE), you can chat with a Quitline counsellor through our interpreter service.
The benefits of quitting
As soon as you quit, your body starts to repair. Within six hours your blood pressure becomes more stable. Within one day the level of carbon monoxide in your blood has dropped and oxygen can more easily reach your heart and muscles. Quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and that of your loved ones. It also saves you a lot of money, so you can plan for a healthier and wealthier future.