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 Smokefree Services. We also help community organisations, primary and secondary care providers to set up systems to refer clients to these smokefree 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 quit coaches 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 Smokefree 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.
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.
Digital tool with sass helps wāhine Māori ditch the smokes
Kuīni is a digital tool for young wāhine who want to quit smoking. She is a chatbot with a personality, face and attitude that is all about young, dynamic and diverse Māori women.
“That word Kuīni is so special to me,” says Ngā Puhi/Samoa artist Coco Solid who led the concept of Kuīni with Te Hiringa Hauora/ Health Promotion Agency.
“It flips what we, as Māori women, are constantly told about ourselves – which is that we’re the bottom rung of the ladder. We’re saying ‘you are the centre, you define what this is, the vernacular is yours, the world view is yours’.”
A chatbot lets people interact with digital devices as if they are communicating with a real person. Kuīni runs through Facebook Messenger, checks in three times a day and is available 24/7. Women are supported for the first 30 days of their smokefree journey for free. They get encouragement and distraction through quizzes, tips and video – much of which is infused with mātauranga Māori.
- The New Zealand Guidelines for Helping People to Stop Smoking – for health care workers (Ministry of Health 2021).
For further information, contact:
Te Hā – Waitaha Smokefree Support (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
QuitStrong: Learn how to set yourself up to quit and stay quit
Most people who smoke want to give up, but they need help and support to have the best chance at becoming smokefree.
The QuitStrong campaign celebrates that many people do quit, and the support of others can help.
The campaign also seeks to tackle the reality that many quit attempts are not successful. QuitStrong promotes better ways to quit by linking people to support and tools that can increase their chances of giving up the smokes for good.
The campaign is a partnership between the Ministry of Health, Te Hiringa Hauora/Health Promotion Agency and Quitline.
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.
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).