A Gippsland doctor suggests that a decision to avoid smoking indoors can make a big difference to anyone trying to quit.
According to Lakes Entrance GP, Dr Patrick Kinsella, the decision to quit smoking is one of the biggest challenges a smoker will face and for many, the support around them will be a significant factor in success.
Dr Kinsella, chair of the East Gippsland and Wellington Clinical Council for Gippsland PHN, said the PHN had undertaken extensive research as part of its role and uses this data and information to inform health planning across the region. Comparing health related data in Gippsland and its six local government areas with Victoria and Australia helps identify what is needed in Gippsland.
This research shows that in Gippsland, smoking remains a significant health issue with a higher percentage of smokers at 20 per cent compared with the Victorian average 13 per cent.
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