New stop-smoking services aim for success

Two new stop-smoking services are now available, free to all smokers in the Nelson Marlborough region.

A partnership between Te Piki Oranga, Nelson Marlborough Health, Kimi Hauroa Wairau, and Nelson Bays Primary Health, the Stop Smoking and Pēpi First services are designed to give smokers the best chance of quitting and staying smoke-free.

They build on the current range of smoking cessation support currently offered in the region, and complement the Quitline service that offers 24/7 support. People can refer themselves using a free phone line, or referrals can be made by GPs, midwives and other health practitioners.

Ditre Tamatea, GM Māori Health and Vulnerable Populations, says that Māori and Pasifika smokers were top of mind when it came to designing the new services – especially the Pēpi First service for pregnant women.

“We know that mothers want the best start for their babies and that pregnancy is a big incentive to quit smoking and make a positive change,” Ditre says.

“In terms of reducing inequity, it makes sense to target those with the highest need. Although smoking rates among Māori and Pasifika have steadily declined over the past two decades, they still smoke more than any other ethnicity.

“These services are designed to keep those numbers coming down, and change lives,” Ditre says.

“We are really excited about Pēpi First, it’s a first in our region and will have significant and lasting benefits for mothers and pēpi – the whole whānau. The health system also wins – the health risks to a mother who smokes, and to her child, are serious and can be lifelong.”

About the Stop Smoking Service

This is a free service for all smokers. Benefits include:

  • intensive one-on-one support with a ‘quit coach’
  • home visits, workplace support and community clinics
  • nicotine replacement therapy
  • information about other quit smoking products and services
  • a complementary approach to the Quitline service that offers 24/7 support

About Pēpi First

This is a free service for pregnant women. Benefits include:

  • free vouchers for local businesses, to reward women as they reach milestones on their journey to becoming and staying smoke-free
  • intensive one-on-one support with a ‘quit coach’
  • home visits, workplace support and community clinics
  • nicotine replacement therapy
  • information about other quit smoking products and services
  • a complementary approach to the Quitline service that offers 24/7 support

How to contact the service

Smokers can refer themselves to the services, or ask their GP, midwife or other health practitioner to look into it for them.

The contact details are:

smokefree@nmdhb.govt.nz
0800 NO SMOKE (0800 667 665)
www.nmdhb.govt.nz/stop-smoking-services