Gong mum on why she's giving up smoking

Australia Day celebrations can interrupt new year resolutions to eat well, quit smoking, give up alcohol and live healthily.

But Wollongong's Elizabeth Hogan remains determined to quit smoking for the Quit For Cancer program, her two daughters being the biggest motivator.

"I don't want my children to grow up thinking that smoking is normal," she said.

"You hear about the dangers of smoking every day, but it's a really hard addiction to simply give up. By committing to Quit For Cancer, I know I'll be extra motivated to stick to my goals."

Ms Hogan's family and friends are sponsoring her endeavour to quit smoking.

Quit For Cancer is a campaign that encourages people to give up to reduce cancer risks.

Cancer Council NSW community relations co-ordinator Mia Parsons said the initiative was a great way for smokers to actively reduce their cancer risk and get healthy.

"Research shows up to 30 per cent of cancers are preventable through healthy lifestyle choices like not smoking, regular exercise, healthy eating and reduced alcohol intake," Ms Parsons said.

Visit quitforcancer.com.au or phone 1300 65 65 85 for information on how to quit smoking.

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