The best thing you can do for your health and the health of your family is to quit smoking. It can be difficult at times in the early stages but it really is worth it. More and more New Zealanders are choosing to quit smoking for the benefit of themselves and their families.
You probably know that smoking is harmful to your lungs but did you know that it is also damages your heart and blood vessels?
In fact, if you smoke you are 2-4 times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.
There are thousands of chemicals in the smoke you inhale which can:
Cigarette smoking costs nearly $14 per day for 20 cigarettes, $95 per week, $4,950 per year $49,504 over 10 years! Think what you could do with that money.
Remember that smoking around others can damage their health too.
You are twice as likely to quit permanently with support rather than without support and if you use appropriate medication you are twice as likely to quit permanently.
If you want to quit, here are some things that have been shown to help:
Remember help is available should you need it.
Please remember NRT products are medicines please keep them out of the reach of children.
The Quit Group is a charitable trust offering a free quit smoking telephone helpline as well as an extensive website. Call Quitline on 0800 778 778
Smokestop is a New Zealand designed, online quit smoking programme which supports you through the quit process. It is designed for people who like using the web, text messaging and email
Talk to your Doctor or Practice Nurse - Most GPs practice nurses will be able to provide you with advice and support as well as access to the subsidised NRT. Should you wish to use one of the prescription medications, your doctor will be able to help you. Your general practice may also be able to advise you on community based programmes available in your area.
Aukati KaiPaipa is a smoking cessation service provided by Maori for Maori who smoke. This service provides support and subsidised NRT