World Smokefree Day: It’s about your whānau and community
World Smokefree Day (31st May) is about celebrating and working towards smokefree/auahi kore lives for New Zealanders. The majority of New Zealanders are smokefree, and having smokefree whānau, whare, workplaces and public spaces is worth celebrating! Tihei manawa ora! Sneeze, the breath of life!
Nearly 84 percent of New Zealanders are smokefree – most of us are choosing not to smoke. We are slowly moving towards the NZ Government goal of being a smokefree nation to support the health and wellbeing of our families and whānau – so that by 2025 fewer than 5 percent of New Zealanders will smoke.
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.
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.
Become a smokefree role model for your children, tamariki and mokopuna
The less smoking young people see around them, the less likely they are to become smokers themselves. It’s crucial to see younger people choosing not to smoke. 96 percent of 15 to 17 year olds are smokefree now, which a marked increase from 84 percent 10 years earlier. It’s critical we keep encouraging young New Zealanders to stay smokefree.
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 your 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 your children.
Stop the stock on your block
World Smokefree Day 2019 marks the start of new campaign leadership for Hāpai te Hauora and the NZ Cancer Society.
These two organisations are encouraging a focus and conversation around tobacco supply in our communities with the campaign ‘Stop the Stock’.
Tobacco available anywhere at anytime is harmful not helpful. Tobacco is more available in our communities than bread and milk even though it kills half the people that use it regularly.
There are six shops that sell cigarettes within 10 minutes’ walk of secondary schools in NZ on average. Research shows that when tobacco is more available, more children start smoking and fewer people quit.
We all need to make this deadly product less available in our communities to help New Zealanders live healthier, happier lives.
Workplaces and community spaces are also going smokefree
Many councils and employers are showing good manaakitanga (respect, support and care) by providing smokefree public spaces and support for smokefree workforces.
More and more businesses are going totally smokefree and getting help to support employees to become smokefree. Stopping smoking is really tough, but we know that doing it with support helps. Some local stop smoking services can provide face-to-face coaching at work, along with subsidised or free nicotine replacement therapy.
Increasing numbers of councils are declaring public places, spaces and events to be smokefree, including playgrounds, sports grounds and outdoor eating spaces.
Source: Health Promotion Agency and Hāpai Te Hauora websites.Published on Friday, April 26th, 2019, under Events