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Journeys : June July 2009
How to enjoy a smoke-free lifestyle In our community • Beat withdrawal symptoms – quitting medicines can be very effective Quit Tasmania has a range of resources and coaching services to assist your progress in quitting smoking. A coach can provide motivation, support and confidence. Talking through the process of quitting can help you learn skills to manage cravings, withdrawal symptoms or weight issues. They can also assist you to explore new ways to relax and deal with emotions. Where to get help I f you’re on the path to becoming a nonsmoker, well done! From your first moment as a non-smoker, it’s important to learn how to enjoy and value a smoke-free lifestyle. When you quit smoking, it’s normal to still experience cravings for nicotine. But as you learn new ways of doing things without cigarettes and establish new habits, over time the desire to smoke will fade. Tips to staying a non-smoker • Deal with stress – learn problem solving skills and new ways to relax • Avoid boredom – try a new hobby, change old routines • Control your weight – with good eating habits and regular exercise Litter busters at work in Dodges R oadside rubbish in the Dodges Ferry area is being targeted by an enthusiastic group of litter busters intent on cleaning up their neighbourhood. Members of the Southern Beaches Clean Up Group incorporate rubbish collection on their daily walks and pool resources once a month to focus on litter hotspots such as the Old Forcett Road, Lewisham Road and around the Forcett Rivulet. They have collected a huge variety of discarded items, from wrapped Christmas presents and clothing to car parts, tyres and even a rabbit hutch. The Sorell Council provides bags and rubbish is dropped at the local recycling centre. Glass and other reusable material is recycled. The group has welcomed new roadside signs warning about littering fines. 8 June / July 09 Quitting involves more than just overcoming a physical addiction to nicotine – you need support and good advice as well. Your doctor, pharmacist and Quitline are there to help and to explain the many options available to you. Pharmacy Self Care Support Pharmacists are medicine experts so ask a pharmacist for advice when choosing a quit-smoking medicine. Pick up a self-care card on non-smoking at your nearest Self Care Pharmacy – visit http://www.psa. org.au/site.php?id=1785 The Quitline Phone 13 7848 (13 QUIT) for a free Quit Pack, information and advice. www.quittas.org.au www.quitcoach.org.au surgeon Stephen Wilkinson and his choice of vehicle – a heavy, bulky, military-style Hummer. Mr Wilkinson told The Mercury that “it almost doesn’t matter how safely you drive, all you can do is protect yourself with a big car.” Go for the stars, not the size M Everyone who is involved in the harrowing task of dealing with the tragic effects of road trauma deserves our support and respect for what must be amongst the most difficult of occupations. While Mr Wilkinson has the right to make his own personal choice of car, when it comes to road safety, the RACT believes that simply concentrating on the size of a vehicle is too narrow a focus. We support the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), which gives consumers consistent information on the levels of occupant protection provided by vehicles. According to ANCAP, in many single vehicle crashes, vehicle weight offers no advantage. In Australia, four out of every ten fatal crashes are single-vehicle. A safety feature like electronic stability control (ESC) can make all the difference. (Back, from left): Ian Richardson, Sorell Mayor Carmel Torenius, Gail Richardson; (Middle) Diane Hansen, Genevieve French; (front), Judy Bennett, Judy’s dog Bronte, Lorraine Cotter The State Government’s Look Who’s Littering campaign focuses on littering from cars and urges the public to report anyone littering from a vehicle by phoning the hotline on 1300 135 513. Fines for littering cigarette butts start at $120, while fines for dumping bags of rubbish from vehicles start at $240. Penalties also apply for rubbish that escapes from unsecured loads on trailers. Internationally-recognised crash tests are undertaken for ANCAP by independent specialist laboratories. An overall score, including additional safety features, is then translated into a star rating, between 1 to 5 stars. The more stars on the car, the higher the safety rating. The Tasmanian Government now has a minimum safety rating policy for government vehicle fleet based on ANCAP star ratings, something that your club has consistently lobbied government to implement – see www. transport.tas.gov.au/safety/safer_vehicles_ in_tasmania For further information on ANCAP including technical papers, go to www. ancap.com.au For details about buying a safer car in Australia check www.howsafeisyourcar. com.au embers may have seen recent publicity surrounding Hobart
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