World Smokefree May: We’re backing you

World Smokefree May: We're backing you.World Smokefree May will lead up to the celebration of World Smokefree Day (31st May).

The objectives of World Smokefree May and World Smokefree Day 2024 in New Zealand are:

  • empowering every voice – to ensure that every person, whānau and community has the tools and encouragement to achieve the Smokefree 2025 goal;
  • igniting change – so everyone advocates for Smokefree 2025; and
  • ensuring better health for future generations – by achieving a Smokefree future from 2025 and beyond!

The majority of New Zealanders are smokefree and want smokefree environments. Having smokefree whānau, homes, workplaces and public spaces is worth celebrating!

Become a smokefree role model for your children, tamariki and mokopuna

If young people see less smoking around them, then they are less likely to become smokers themselves. It’s crucial to see younger people choosing not to smoke. 98 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.

Breakfree to 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.

You can also be a vapefree role model as vaping is not for children and young people, and people who don’t smoke should not vape. Vaping is less harmful than smoking but is unlikely to be totally harm free. Smokers who are vaping to quit should ideally look to eventually stop vaping too.

The best thing you can do for your health is to be smokefree and vapefree.

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: World Smokefree May and Hāpai Te Hauora websites.

Published on Monday, April 29th, 2024, under Events
Page last updated: 20/05/2024

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