Harmful effects of smoking

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease, including cancer, in the developed world. In Australia, smoking causes around one in five cancer deaths, which includes more than 3400 deaths in Queensland each year.

Smoking is known to cause lung cancer, and is a major risk factor in the following cancers:

Quitting smoking

If you are a smoker, you should quit. There is no safe level of tobacco use and your smoking may harm others. There are many benefits to quitting smoking. Research indicates that quitting smoking, even after a cancer diagnosis, can increase your life expectancy.

Smoking is addictive and many smokers find quitting difficult. Seek support and don’t be discouraged if it takes several attempts before you are able to quit for good.

Find out more about how to quit.

Smoking legislation

Cancer Council Queensland has worked with the Queensland Government to introduce some of the toughest anti-smoking laws in Australia. Find out more about smoking legislation.

Smoke-drift in multi-unit housing

Smoke-drift in multi-unit housing is a common complaint of residents that are exposed to smoke from a neighbouring unit. Find out more in our information sheets.

More information

For more information on quitting smoking, contact your doctor; call the Cancer Council on 13 11 20 or the Quitline 13 QUIT (13 7848) or visit www.quitnow.gov.au

You can also visit Cancer Council’s cut your cancer risk website.

The information available on this page should not be used as a substitute for advice from a properly qualified medical professional who can advise you about your own individual medical needs. It is not intended to constitute medical advice and is provided for general information purposes only. See our disclaimer.