Smoking and Vaping

Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in NSW. Every 4% reduction in tobacco smoking saves 3,000 lives in Australia per year. We work with community service organisations and individuals to help people across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven quit or reduce their smoking.

Vaping is an emerging problem, particularly among young people. Many people think vapes are healthier and cleaner than cigarettes, that they are just vaping flavoured water. This is simply not true. Vapes can contain the same harmful chemicals found in cleaning products, nail polish remover, weed killer and bug spray and produce a harmful aerosol when inhaled. Many vapes labelled "nicotine-free" have been tested and shown to contain high levels of nicotine. This is creating a whole new generation of nicotine-addicted individuals.

If you are a patient, we can offer you nicotine replacement products to help you manage your cravings while you are in hospital. If you would like to try to quit, there is lots of support available to help you.