Stub­bing out cig­a­rettes this month

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - STAFF REPORTER

Stub­bing out an ad­dic­tion is no easy feat. Stop­to­ber is back for its third year to in­spire peo­ple to quit the cig­a­rettes.

The suc­cess­ful na­tion­wide 31-day cam­paign is aiming to re­duce smok­ing by pro­vid­ing peo­ple with tools and a sup­port net­work.

‘‘We’ve found that most peo­ple who smoke, want to stop, but re­ally need the sup­port of peo­ple close to them in or­der to make it hap­pen so this year we’re try­ing some­thing new,’’ Stop­to­ber co­or­di­na­tor Jas­mine Gra­ham says.

Re­search has found that some­one who smokes is four times more likely to stop if they have the right sup­port in place.

Around 605,000 adults smoke in New Zealand, how­ever de­spite know­ing the risks many peo­ple still strug­gle to give up the habit.

‘‘With this in mind, those who want to stop smok­ing this Stop­to­ber are be­ing en­cour­aged to get those who smoke around them to also sign up so they can kick butt to­gether,’’ Gra­ham says.

Those who sign up to Stop­to­ber can also ac­cess new Stop Smok­ing Ser­vices, Quit­line and their lo­cal doc­tor to as­sist them in their en­deav­our to stop.

Visit stop­to­ber.co.nz for more in­for­ma­tion and to sign up. If you’re think­ing of quit­ting and are happy to share your ex­pe­ri­ence, get in touch with the Auck­land City Har­bour News. Email ca­trin.owen@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz.

CHAR­LOTTE CURD

Can you stub out the cig­a­rettes this Oc­to­ber?

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