Join the trend and quit smoking
With fewer New Zealanders smoking, Mariah Sanson from TOAM Stop Smoking Service at Te Kete Hauora in Dannevirke is challenging anyone who’s thinking about quitting smoking to join the trend.
“World Smokefree Day on May 31 is the perfect time to choose the smokefree lifestyle,” she says. “We know it’s not easy to stop smoking, but with the right support it can be done.”
Increasing numbers of New Zealanders are living smokefree, with the most recent tobacco use figures showing 84 per cent of New Zealanders do not smoke.
“That’s 4 per cent more than in 2008, so we are moving towards the Government’s goal of a smokefree Aotearoa in 2025,” Mariah said.
New Zealand businesses are also going smokefree. Indoor work areas have been smokefree since 1990, but many businesses are now going over and above what the law requires and declaring a completely smokefree workplace, including work vehicles.
“More and more businesses are approaching us for help to support their employees to become smokefree. They’re offering free nicotine replacement therapy and stop smoking support during work time with the aim of creating a smokefree workforce.”
Mariah said stop smoking services have highly-trained practitioners who are NZQA-qualified and follow a trialled and tested stop smoking methodology.
“Those who join our programmes have the benefit of on-going, face-toface, intensive support and supervision.
“We can create a plan to manage cravings, and strategies to deal with situations where they might usually smoke. We know what works longterm.
“Being smokefree is normal in New Zealand, so I’m encouraging anyone who wants to give up smoking to take up the challenge this World Smokefree Day. Our job is to make it as easy as possible to stop smoking, and we are more than ready to help people choose to live smokefree.”
Mariah Sanson and April Perenara are based in Dannevirke. Mariah covers Dannevirke and Woodville and runs a clinic in Dannevirke on Fridays.
She is available at other times and can be contacted on 027 3570876.
April Perenara covers Pahiatua, Eketa¯ huna, Norsewood and rural Tararua. She runs a clinic in Pahiatua on Thursdays. She can be contacted on 022 1329103.
■ For more information about becoming smokefree, contact TOAM Stop Smoking Service 0800405011 or call into Te Kete Hauora Gordon Street, Dannevirke 06 374 6860. For more information on World Smokefree Day, go to: www.worldsmokefreeday.org.nz. World Smokefree Day was created by the World Health Organisation in 1987. It is also known as World No Tobacco Day.
Mariah (left) and April display Habitrol patches, gum and lozenges which reduce the cravings. They also hold smokerlysers which detect carbon monoxide in the blood. April’s smokerlyser detects carbon monoxide in the blood of the unborn baby as well as the mother.