May 2017

Media Release

World Smokefree Day 2017 – ‘Quit now, it’s about whānau’

Taranaki DHB is helping spread this year’s World Smokefree Day message ‘Quit now – it’s about whanau’ with a smokefree event taking place in Hawera this week (Wednesday 31st May, 10am – 2pm).

The Taranaki Smokefree Coalition group will be onsite at Hawera PaknSave on Wednesday offering information, advice, support, giveaways and activities to help people quit smoking.

Jill Nicholls, Taranaki DHB’s Smokefree Health Promoter said, “Research indicates that children with parents who smoke are three times more likely to become smokers. We want to encourage and support families and whānau around Taranaki to quit and create environments where our children are free from exposure to tobacco.”

“Parents, whānau and caregivers can make positive changes to the environment children are growing up in, even if they smoke. Establishing smokefree rules like not smoking around children, keeping the house and car smokefree is a fantastic start and a step in the right direction to protecting their children.”

World Smokefree Day promotes taking control to quit now and supporting each other to take the steps to become smokefree. It also provides a platform to educate the Taranaki community about the quit smoking services available, including the Taranaki Stop Smoking Service (TSSS) launched in 2016, which is led by Tui Ora and supported by Taranaki DHB.

Tamara Ruakere from Tui Ora said, “TSSS is free and confidential for anyone who smokes and needs support to quit, whether it is their first attempt or their 15th. Our stop-smoking programmes are delivered by trained Quit Coaches who provide group programmes, clinics or one-on-one support.”

TSSS also offers help with nicotine cravings by providing patches, gum, lozenges and other prescription medicines. Anyone can call the TSSS team on 06 759 19799 or email [email protected] to find out more or make a time to meet a Quit Coach

Ms Nicholls said “World Smokefree Day is a perfect opportunity to work together to achieve the goal of a Smokefree Aotearoa 2025, encouraging and supporting more people to quit to have a future in which our children and grandchildren will enjoy tobacco-free lives.”

“We look forward to celebrating World Smokefree in Hawera this week and invite the South Taranaki community to be a part of it.”


For more information please call

Beth Findlay-Heath, Communications Advisor, 021 665 017

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