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

Supportive friends and whānau play an important part in sucessfully quitting smoking. There are also specialised services available to help people who want to quit smoking. Experienced stop smoking practitioners can provide support and free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) – patches, gum and other medications. Using behavioural support along with products such as NRT significantly increases your chances of long-term success.

Contact your local Stop Smoking Service to discuss options available to support you to quit.  They can provide face to face, phone or text support for both individuals and groups, and will discuss a programme based on your specific needs.

Stop smoking support still available during lockdown

Please contact your Stop Smoking Practitioner if you need Habitrol and they will arrange delivery by courier.

Contact your local stop smoking service if you want to quit during lockdown. Support is being delivered either by phone or virtual sessions online with free NRT (patches, gum and lozenges) provided to clients.


Achieving a Smokefree Aotearoa 2025

Nearly 85 percent of New Zealanders are smokefree. That means most of us are choosing not to smoke. The New Zealand Government has set a goal so that by 2025 fewer than 5 percent of New Zealanders will be smokers.

The Smokefree team at Community and Public Health can provide information and support to community organisations, groups, workplaces, schools etc. that want to create a smokefree culture. This could include implementing, extending or strengthening a smokefree policy.

Stop smoking practitioners’ visit to Chatham Islands gives hope

Relationship building became the focus of a visit to Rēkohu/ Wharekauri in March 2020 by Te Hā Waitaha Stop Smoking Practitioners Maraea Peawini and Christine Solomon.

The pair travelled to the Chatham Islands to assist with smoking cessation activities there – where smoking rates are high.

“The aim was to share our service ideals and kaupapa with them,” Maraea says.

They were reminded of the importance of whakawhanaungatanga while there – the process of establishing links, making connections and relating to the people one meets by identifying in culturally appropriate ways.

“We got some insight into how they work, the culture, and established some really nice relationships, which is always the beginning of anything. Going in like a whirlwind is not the way to go.”



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

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 electronic device to heat a solution (e-liquid) containing 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: 26/06/2020

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