Join the trend and quit smok­ing

Bush Telegraph - - Health & Well Being -

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.

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