More smokers sign up to quit the habit
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