Quitting smoking has many great benefits, in fact it is the one thing shown to make the biggest positive impact on your health. It is also great for your family’s health and for your wallet too.
Every day, New Zealanders are quitting smoking to enjoy these benefits. Nobody will pretend stopping smoking is easy, but if you are thinking about quitting, and you feel the time is right for you to make the change from being a smoker to a non-smoker, then there is a lot of support available to help you.
How we can help
Quitting smoking is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. If you’re ready to quit smoking, we’re ready to help.
Please ask our nurses or doctors for advice and support to help you quit smoking. There are many options available to help you quit smoking. Your Doctor or Nurse will work with you to find the best treatment option to fit your lifestyle.
There are many support options you can utilise during your journey to quit smoking:
- Phone support
- Online support
- Text support
- Nicotine patches, gum and lozenges
- Referral to a face-to-face service
- Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
Using patches, gum and lozenges for eight weeks can double your chances of quitting. They will reduce your cigarette cravings without damaging your health. They work by replacing some of the nicotine you usually get from cigarettes or tobacco.
Non-Nicotine quit treatments
Non-nicotine quit treatments such as Champix reduce the negative sensations of nicotine withdrawal so you do not miss having a cigarette so badly. It also blocks the pleasant sensations of smoking so having a cigarette is less enjoyable. Non-Nicotine medications must be prescribed by your doctor. They can be useful, and your doctor will explain how to use them, and discuss if this is a suitable solution for you.
Get help to quit
Ready to quit smoking? You don’t have to do it alone.
Free stop smoking services in your region
There are Stop Smoking Service providers located throughout New Zealand, and they can help you on your quit journey. Your local service will be able to work with you to create your quit plan, with free and flexible support.
Contact Quitline on 0800 778 778 or by texting 4006
A Quitline advisor will help you:
- create a personalised quit smoking plan
- understand your smoking addition
- set a date to stop smoking – your Quit Date.
- They’ll also send you a Quit Pack – this contains supportive information and your Quitcard. Take the Quitcard to your local pharmacy to get subsidised nicotine patches, gum and lozenges.