Approximately 60-70% of the adult DAHS patient population smoke cigarettes, and it is not common to see people as young as 10-12 years taking up smoking, with all the health risks associated with it.
As a health service, seeing the end results of smoking such as heart disease, lung disease, cancers, stroke, amputations – we are really keen to help smokers find ways to quit. The DAHS quit smoking program offers:
- Written information about smoking/quitting
- Counselling /discussion about quitting with specifically trained workers
- Nicotine patches or other medications at no costs to help smokers to quit
- Regular follow-up with a DAHS quit smoking program worker to provide support through the process of quitting.
All referrals can be made through the clinic. Self–referrals are accepted and encouraged.