Smoking is the largest preventable cause of death and disease in Australia.

Advice from a health professional is one of the most effective ways to encourage people to quit: one in every 33 conversations will lead to a patient successfully quitting smoking.*

Start the conversation challenges health professionals to raise the topic of smoking with their patients. The stories on this site are about real patients and clinicians. They share their experiences about the life-changing conversations that resulted in people quitting smoking.

It’s time to start the conversation.

*Stead L., Bergson G., Lancaster T. Physician advice for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2008; (2): CD000165