The cigarette tax jump in August this year will cost a pack a day smoker, on average, $7000 a year.
The lung buster has now become a budget buster as well as a health risk.
If coronary heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, numerous cancers including cancers of the lung, mouth, oesophagus, larynx, kidney, pancreas, bladder, stomach and cervix is not enough to get one to consider giving the habit the flick, then maybe restrictions in the work place might help.
The beauty of workplace restrictions is readily accessible help.
Smoking bans that take effect on January 1 at Olympic Dam is one example where the employer, BHP Billiton, will provide strategies for employees wanting to give up cigarettes and makes it easier for the worker to comply with the new rules.
Olympic Dam head of health, safety and environment Brett McNeil said BHP Billiton appreciated giving up smoking would be extremely difficult, however, the benefits would be lifesaving.
Mr McNeil added Olympic Dam would be run as though it is a family business, and this was an opportunity to set an example for others, by leading the way in protecting its family.
“We are assisting our people on this journey by providing site-wide talks by our trained occupational health nurses on how to quit,” he said.
“And we are also providing at no cost, Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) for up to 12 weeks.”
According to Mr McNeil, smoking is the single greatest cause of preventable death and disease in the developed world and the national average of smokers in the workplace is at 15 per cent.
With a current average of 25 per cent of Olympic Dam’s personnel being smokers, Mr McNeil believes they have the ability to make a measurable difference.
“We respect that some of our people will elect not to quit and we also acknowledge managing not smoking during working hours will be a challenge,” he said.
For more information on how to quit, call the Quitline on 13 78 48 or visit the Quit website at www.quit.org.au