New research highlights the immediate and deadly effects of cigarette smoke
Smokers across Gippsland are being urged to quit as a new campaign is launched to highlight the link between cigarette smoke and heart disease.
Recent figures revealed Gippsland to have the highest smoking rates of all Victorian regions with 20 percent of adults smoking daily or occasionally. In the Latrobe Valley it's even higher at 24 percent.
The new campaign shows that within minutes of inhaling cigarette smoke, the blood starts to become 'sticky' and increases the chance of dangerous blood clots and heart attack.