Cats don't Smoke app (27.05.2014)
Written on the 3 June 2014Ms CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan) -- Quit Victoria, Healthy Together Geelong and the Geelong Football Club have teamed up to produce a really innovative phone app called Cats Don't Smoke. I had the pleasure of launching the app at the Geelong versus North Melbourne game on Friday night. It was a very good result as well, I might add! I have downloaded the app on my phone to see just how it works, and it is fantastic. It has clear messaging on the health effects for your body, the risks of smoking and tips on how to quit. It also has messages from the captain of the Geelong Football Club, Joel Selwood, the club's coach, Chris Scott, and CEO Brian Cook, which I believe will have a significant impact within the local community.
Smoking kills around 4000 Victorians each year. The smoking rates in Geelong are around 20 per cent, compared to the state average of 13.3 per cent.
Clearly we need to do as much as we can to deter people from smoking and bring those rates down even further. With that aim in mind, the government has introduced legislation to ban smoking at all patrolled beaches, outdoor children's playgrounds, skate parks, public swimming pool complexes and sporting venues for under-age events. These newly designated no-smoking areas are sending a clear message to the community. This app does the same, and the Geelong Football Club has demonstrated great leadership in working with Healthy Together Geelong and Quit Victoria to develop such an innovative tool.
Healthy Together Geelong has done a tremendous job in engaging with over 50 000 members of its community in schools, early learning centres and workplaces to promote ways to improve health and prevent chronic disease.I would particularly like to congratulate Chad Foulkes and his team on the work they have done not only with the Geelong Football Club but also with the wider Geelong community on what is an internationally recognised preventive health model and one that is already having a significant impact in the Geelong community.