Quit smoking message ‘about whanau’
‘Quit now – it’s about wha¯nau’ is the message for this year’s World Smokefree Day, and it starts in Kaiko¯ura homes and communities.
‘‘Research indicates that children with parents who smoke are three times more likely to become smokers,’’ explains [Carol Reardon Stop smoking Practitioner for Rural Canterbury PHO and Te Ha Waitaha.).
Celebrated globally on 31 May, this year’s World Smokefree Day is about encour- aging and supporting friends, families and wha¯nau across New Zealand to quit, creating environments where our children are free from exposure to tobacco.
‘‘We know that parents, whether they smoke or not, feel very strongly about not exposing children to smoking’’.
‘‘Children see their parents smoke and this has a strong effect on what they perceive as normal,’’ says Carol.
and caregivers can make positive changes to the environment children are growing up in, even if they smoke.
‘‘Talking to their children about smoking and establishing smokefree rules like not smoking around children, keeping the house and car smokefree is a fantastic start and a step in the right direction to protecting their children’’, says Carol
World Smokefree Day is a perfect opportunity to work together to achieve the goal of a Smokefree Aotearoa 2025, encouraging and supporting more people to quit to have a future in which our children and grandchildren will enjoy tobacco-free lives.
Carol said stop smoking services like her organisation had highly trained practitioners who were NZQA-qualified and followed a trialled and tested stop smoking methodology.
‘‘Those who join our programmes have the benefit of on-going, face-to-face, 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.’’
‘‘Join with smokers and nonsmokers alike, all around the world, and be a role model for the wellbeing of your family in 2018. Make your quit smoking date World Smokefree Day the 31st of May– it’s about wha¯nau,’’ says Carol.
World Smokefree Day is about encouraging and supporting friends, families and wha¯nau across New Zealand to quit.