Quitting the habit - stopping smoking
In 2010 the price of roll your own tobacco increased by 20%, and cigarettes by around 8%. There were further increases in 2011 and 2012. In January 2013 the cost of a popular packet of 20 cigarettes rose to $16. Someone with a pack a day habit will spend $5,840 a year on smokes.
The Pulse encourages all young people to be smoke free.
If you smoke, one of the best things you can do for your health is stop. Now.
- Quitline offers free telephone support, resources and low cost nicotine patches or gum to New Zealand residents. Phone 0800 778 778 to speak to a Quitline Advisor.
- ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) has good information on its site - ways to stop smoking, including options for giving up, nicotine replacement therapies, and group therapies.
- The Cancer Society runs a Smokefree website.
Other useful resources to help you stop smoking
- Aukati Kaipaipa
- Helping Māori become auahi kore - smokefree. Free nicotine patches, a Quit coach and more.
- The Quit Group - Te Roopu Me Mutu
- If you're sick of what cigarettes are doing to your body, your breath and your bank account check this out. There are PDF information sheets on subjects including nicotine gum and patches, the benefits of stopping smoking and helping others quit. Resources are also available in languages other than English.
Helping others quit is a PDF that lists ways you can help people you know quit.
- Smokefree Law in New Zealand
- All about (not!) smoking in bars & restaurants from the Ministry of Health
- Reasons to not smoke other than it will kill you, how not to start etc
- Smoking and Cancer: A Cancer Society Fact Sheet
- A PDF from the Cancer Society listing the cold, hard facts.
- Tobacco Control and Smoking
- The Ministry of Health website has information on tobacco control and smoking including news and details of the warnings on tobacco packages.
- Txt 2 Quit
- Txt2Quit is a way to help you quit smoking using your mobile.
- Understanding Smoking
- Powerful message about cigarette smoking and how NOT to start.
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