More smokers stub out
With the ardour that could only be bought about by New Year’s resolutions, more than 2000 smokers signed up with Quitline in the first week of January.
Health Minister Tony Ryall says it is pleasing so many Kiwis have kicked off the year with the goal to quit smoking.
The habit kills about 5000 people in New Zealand every year.
‘‘By raising the tobacco tax each year and offering more people help to quit smoking, this Government has created a turning point in the campaign against tobacco.’’
The number of smokers continues to decline with more smokers stubbing out each year.
Last year, 63,000 New Zealanders attempted quitting through the Quitline services.
‘‘By helping people to quit not only are we reducing the risk of a smoker having a smoking-related disease, such as lung cancer, we are also improving the health of everyone in the family,’’ Mr Ryall says.
‘‘Having non-smoking parents greatly reduces the likelihood of a child becoming a smoker.’’