Ha¯painga tops stop smok­ing ser­vices

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

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.

“Our 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,” says Ha¯painga team leader Lizzie Spence.

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

Lizzie 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,” she says.

“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.”

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