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.


Working towards a Smokefree/ Auahi Kore future

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

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:

Te Hā – Waitaha/ Stop Smoking Canterbury
0800 425 700

Kick Ash South Canterbury (SCDHB)
0800 542 527

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

0800 778 778

You can also contact your family doctor or medical centre.

Quit smoking for your pets

Our pets aren’t just animals; they’re whānau. Smoking around them may not seem like a big deal, but it has a bigger impact on their health than you might think.

When you smoke around your pets, they’re twice as likely to get cancer. Your best mate will follow you anywhere. Lead them well.

Watch short videos about the effects of smoking on the health on your pets, including information from vet Dr Anu Murphy (Quitline NZ YouTube).

Get the facts on vaping

Vaping is the use of an eletronic device to heat a solution (e-liquid) contining nicotine into a vapour that is inhaled.

Vaping is less harmful than smoking cigarettes, but it is not entirely risk-free. Only vape to quit smoking, as you will only see benefits if you stop smoking cigarettes and switch completely to vaping. Vapers will ideally wean themselves off vaping and become both smoke and vape free.

Stop smoking services can support people who wish to vape to quit smoking.

People who do not smoke should not take up vaping as they will become addicted to the nicotine in the product.

Page last updated: 06/08/2019

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