Beat the Addiction and Become Smokefree
For 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.
We are moving towards a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025.
Smokefree Canterbury is a network committed to reducing the impact of smoking on the community.
Community and Public Health staff assist people to quit smoking by:
- working with health professionals in hospitals and general practice to ensure that every person who smokes is offered advice and support to quit;
- supporting social service organisations to include smoking cessation as part of their usual care;
- providing smokefree and cessation training to community organisations and community workers;
- implementing the CDHB smokefree policy;
- providing support for the Canterbury and West Coast Stop Smoking services and other cessation support.
How to become Smokefree
Every attempt to quit brings you closer to your ultimate goal of being Smokefree/Auahi Kore.
There are many services available to help people who want to quit smoking. Experienced staff can provide support and access to patches, gum and other medications. Supportive friends and family members are also an important part of a successful quit attempt.
Visit the Smokefree Canterbury website to find out about the services available, as well as useful tips and tools.
For further information, contact:
Stop Smoking Canterbury/ Te Hā Waitaha
0800 425 700
0800 778 778
Oranga Hā – Tai Poutini/Stop Smoking West Coast
0800 456 121
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 producing a vapour by heating a solution (e-liquid), which the user inhales or vapes. E-liquid is available with or without nicotine, and usually contains propylene glycol and flavouring agents.
Currently no e-cigarette products meet the requirements under the Medicines Act to be approved by MedSafe to support smokers to quit. The Ministry of Health does not have enough evidence to confidently recommend these products as a smoking cessation tool.
The Ministry advises smokers to use approved smoking cessation medicines to stop smoking such as NRT, and to seek behavioural support from stop-smoking services, such as Quitline.
Talk to your health professional about what quitting options are best for you.