BOP best at stop­ping smok­ing

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The Bay of Plenty’s free Stop Smok­ing Sup­port ser­vice Ha¯painga re­mains top of the coun­try for its suc­cess­ful quit smok­ing rate.

New Zealand has 16 Stop Smok­ing sup­port ser­vices. As part of the Govern­ment’s goal of Smoke­free Aotearoa 2025, each ser­vice is re­quired to record the num­ber of clients who are deemed to have suc­cess­fully quit smok­ing, mean­ing they are ‘smoke­free’ four weeks af­ter their set quit date.

Ha¯painga team leader Lizzie Spence says their smok­ing ces­sa­tion prac­ti­tion­ers use a car­bon monox­ide de­tec­tor— a bit like a breathal­yser— at four weeks. Low to nil lev­els of car­bon monox­ide shows the per­son is smoke­free.

Lat­est Min­istry ofHealth re­sults shows Bay of Plenty is the top per­former across the coun­try with a 75 per cent suc­cess­ful quit smok­ing rate at four weeks.

Lizzie Spence says the ser­vice has been in the top spot for the last nine months.

She says it is great news for the team of five prac­ti­tion­ers who sup­port peo­ple to quit smok­ing across the Western and Eastern Bay of Plenty.

“The small team re­ally fo­cuses on treat­ing each client as an in­di­vid­ual. Quit­ting smok­ing is a real jour­ney. Our team might meet with a client sev­eral times be­fore they set a quit date. Build­ing a rap­port and trust with them is quite cru­cial to the suc­cess­ful out­come.”

To cel­e­brate last week’s World Smoke­free Day, Ha¯painga, the Bay of Plenty’s free stop smok­ing sup­port ser­vice is pro­vid­ing those who sign up to quit in May and June the chance to win a $250 voucher.

“World Smoke­free Day is the per­fect time to choose the smoke­free life­style. We know it’s not easy to stop smok­ing, but with the right sup­port it can be done,” says Ha¯painga Stop Smok­ing prac­ti­tioner Ste­vie-LeeHiroki.

New Zealand is mov­ing closer to Smoke­freeAotearoa 2025. The most re­cent to­bac­couse fig­ures show 84 per cent of New Zealan­ders do not smoke, which is 4 per cent more than in 2008. And fewer young peo­ple are start­ing to smoke, with 96 per cent of 15 to 17 year olds stay­ing smoke­free, which is amarked in­crease from 84 per cent a decade ago.

Through­out the year, Ha¯painga pro­vides $50 vouch­ers for all clientswho suc­cess­fully quit smok­ing. Women who suc­cess­fully quit smok­ing dur­ing preg­nancy to six weeks af­ter their baby is born also have the op­por­tu­nity to re­ceive a $250 voucher through the Ha¯painga Hapu¯ Ma¯ma¯ in­cen­tive pro­gramme.

The Ha¯painga team leads the charge in its quit smok­ing rate. Ste­vie-Lee Hiroki, Lizzie Spence, Monique Rio and Walter Harawira from Ha¯painga.

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