Beat the Addiction and Become Smokefree

dru0116For people who smoke, quitting is the very best thing they can do for their health, and for the health of their families (especially their children), whānau and friends.

Community and Public Health provides support to the Canterbury and the West Coast Stop Smoking Services. We also help community organisations, primary and secondary care providers to set up systems to refer clients to these stop smoking services.

How to quit and become Smokefree

There are specialised services available to help people who want to quit smoking. Experienced stop smoking coaches can provide support and access to nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) – patches, gum and other medications.

Supportive friends and family members also play an important part in supporting your success in quitting long-term.

Contact your local Stop Smoking Service and talk through the options available to support you to quit.  These services can provide face to face support for both individuals and groups, and will discuss a programme of support based on your specific needs.

Every attempt to quit brings you closer to your ultimate goal of being Smokefree/ Auahi Kore.

Find out about what effects smoking is having on your body.

Find out how much you could save once you quit smoking.

Working towards a Smokefree/ Auahi Kore future

New Zealand is moving towards the goal of a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025.

Show your support for a Smokefree Aotearoa now!

Community and Public Health provides:

  • smokefree education and information sessions to community organisations, groups, workplaces, schools etc., and
  • support to organisations wanting to create a smokefree culture.

Smokefree Canterbury provides information on how people and organisations can create a supportive smokefree culture, including marae and sports clubs.



Download or order resources from the Community Health Information Centre.


For further information, contact:

Stop Smoking Canterbury/ Te Hā – Waitaha
0800 425 700

Oranga Hā – Tai Poutini/ Stop Smoking West Coast
0800 456 121

0800 778 778

You can also contact your family doctor or medical centre.

Ministry of Health advice on using e-cigarettes to quit

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are electrical devices that mimic real cigarettes by heating a solution (e-liquid), which the user inhales or vapes. E-liquid is available with or without nicotine.

Using an e-cigarette is much safer than smoking. For it to be safer, you must work towards a complete switch to e-cigarettes. It is recommended that you also plan to wean yourself off the e-cigarettes.

Visit the Ministry of Health website for more information on using e-cigarettes.

Page last updated: 09/03/2018

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