Quit smok­ing mes­sage ‘about whanau’

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‘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.

‘‘Par­ents, wha¯nau

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.

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World Smoke­free Day is about en­cour­ag­ing and sup­port­ing friends, fam­i­lies and wha¯nau across New Zealand to quit.

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