More smok­ers sign up to quit the habit

Central Leader - - NEWS -

With the ar­dour that could only be brought 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 that so many Ki­wis have kicked off 2013 with the goal to quit smok­ing.

The habit kills an es­ti­mated 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 – al­most 19,000 more than in 2008.

‘‘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.’’

Health Min­is­ter Tony Ryall

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