BOP best at stopping smoking
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.