Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health – and that of your family or friends. Every day, New Zealanders are quitting smoking to enjoy these benefits. Nobody will pretend quitting cigarettes is easy.
Tobacco smoking is the single largest cause of preventable illness and death in New Zealand. Tobacco use is a related factor for one in four cancer deaths in this country. Understandably there is significant commitment to the national drive towards a Smokefree New Zealand by 2025.
Non-smokers are at risk too – 350 deaths per year (plus a number of diseases and illnesses) are estimated to be from past exposure to second-hand smoke in New Zealand. One aim of smokefree law is to protect all workers and the public from second-hand smoke.
If you are thinking about quitting, and you feel the time is right for you, then there is a lot of support available to help you including our local Ngā Taura Tūhono Regional Stop Smoking Service