November 2017

Stanley Pinkney says that in the end smoking simply just "cost too much." He's pictured above with Tui Ora Quit Coach George Rapana (left) and Victor Verveer, on right (Residential & Community Support Team Leader).

The weekly hit to his wallet was enough motivation for the smoker of 54 years to decide to quit smoking for good. He has now been smoke free for six months and says he no longer feels the desire to light up.

Stan is one of the tangata whaiora living at the residential home in Mill Road. Most of the residents smoke, and like Stan many want to quit. George works with tangata whaiora on an ongoing basis due to the complexity of their needs.

"The residents are heavily dependent on cigarettes so they often need support over a longer period of time. The first step is reducing the amount you smoke. Then we can look at quitting."

Stan had his first smoke at the age of nine, around the same time he had his first beer.

"I really enjoyed smoking. Everyone used to do it – drinking and smoking in pubs. It was the done thing."

Although not a heavy smoker, averaging about six smokes a day, Stan found his habit was beginning to catch up with him. A persistent smoker's cough has vanished and Stan finds himself breathing more clearly, and moving around more freely. He is also enjoying the extra cash."

George says the most important thing for people trying to quit smoking is that it is their decision:

"No matter how much other people might want you to stop, you have to want it for yourself. Sometimes we engage with clients and then I need to step back, let them process the information, and then be there when decide they are ready to try."

The TSSS team is still supporting tangata whaiora for Tui Ora residential homes and other provider networks . Stan is lending his support and inspiring his housemates to quit smoking too: "If I can do it, anyone can," he says with a big smile and a wink.

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