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.
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
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.
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.
Ministry of Health advice on vaping
Vapes or electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are electrical devices that heat a solution (e-liquid) that is inhaled. There lots of other products that use heat to enable nicotine to be inhaled without burning tobacco and producing smoke.
Vaping is much safer than smoking cigarettes, but it is not entirely risk-free. Only people who smoke should take up vaping, and they will only see benefits if they 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 use vapes to quit smoking.
People who do not smoke should not take up vaping as they will become addicted to the nicotine in the product.