Smoker Pat Lawrence is keen to kick the habit.
Smoker Pat Lawrence is keen to kick the habit.

Just say no ... to tobacco



THE last time Pat Lawrence really tried to quit smoking, she stayed away from cigarettes for six months.

But, as most smokers know, life is not always a breeze and when the going gets tough, the desire to have just one puff is sometimes irresistible.

"I've tried to give it away ... but then you run into a flaw and it's 'oh well', but you know it's not just a matter of 'oh well'," she said.

"You should just never have had the first puff when you're on the right track."

Pat said she wanted to stop smoking and yesterday, on World No Tobacco Day, the Ulmarra resident said the urge to quit was even stronger.

The latest figures from health authorities indicate the smoking rate for the North Coast is significantly higher than the State average.

NCAHS smoke free coordinator Annie Kia said 28.5 per cent of males and 20.6 per cent of females on the North Coast smoked.

She said this compared to State averages showing 23 per cent of men and 19.3 per cent of women smoked.

Local health authorities suggested smokers use World No Tobacco Day to challenge their habit.

Meanwhile, the South Australian Government yesterday announced it was looking at banning fruit-flavoured cigarettes, like strawberry and green ap- ple.



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