It’s about your whānau this World Smokefree Day
World Smokefree Day (31st May) is about celebrating and working towards smokefree/auahi kore lives for New Zealanders.
The theme for WSFD 2017 is ‘It’s about whānau.’ Whānau is a driving force for many people wishing to protect others from the harms of second-hand smoke. This is a common cause for all people, cultures, communities and families.
The call to action is for smokers and non-smokers to take control and stop exposing others to second-hand smoke, especially children.
Become a smokefree role model for your children, tamariki and mokopuna
World Smokefree Day is also about creating environments where our children are free from exposure to tobacco. Parents feel very strongly about not exposing children to smoking, whether they are smokers or not.
Children see their parents smoke and this has a strong effect on what they perceive as normal.
Parents, whānau and caregivers can make positive changes to the environment children are growing up in, even if they smoke. Talking to their children about smoking and establishing smokefree rules like not smoking around children, keeping the house and car smokefree is a fantastic start and a step in the right direction to protecting their children.
Support your whānau to quit
World Smokefree Day also provides an opportunity to encourage and help those who want to quit smoking and support friends and whānau on their quit journey.
For those who decide the time is right to quit, there’s more help available than ever.
Services like Quitline now provide support over the phone, online and by text. There is also an increasing range of medical products and nicotine therapies available, from as little as $5 per product for an 8-week supply.
It’s about freedom. It’s about whānau and being there for those you love. Take up the challenge and take a step towards a smokefree Aotearoa and quit smoking on 31st May – World Smokefree Day.
Source: Health Promotion Agency website.Published on Thursday, April 13th, 2017, under Events