Anthony Lunney, Sophie McEniry and Allira Cherry.

EACH year in May the World Health Organisation and partners mark World No Tobacco Day.

Bendigo Health’s health promotion officer Sophie McEniry said the focus of the day this year was tobacco and heart disease.

“The campaign aims to increase awareness on the link between tobacco and heart and other cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, which combined are the world’s leading causes of death,” Ms McEniry said.

“Tobacco use is an important risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.”

Bendigo Health actively supports staff and patients who want to quit smoking and offers tobacco treatment support to inpatients.

“Patients are assessed for their nicotine dependency, and asked if they would like assistance to quit or reduce smoking,” Ms McEniry said.

“Nicotine dependent patients are offered nicotine replacement therapy.”

If you would like to find out more, speak to your pharmacist, GP or call QUITline on 13 7848.