Stoptober - a great time to quit smoking
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28 September 2016
 
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) encourages smokers to view the Stoptober online campaign as the ideal opportunity to begin their smokefree journey and to access the new regional stop smoking service to help them quit for good.
 
Local smoking cessation providers Aukati Kaipaipa and the Quit Clinic have joined together as Ngā Taura Tūhono - the new regional stop smoking service established to provide free face–to-face support for local smokers wanting to quit.
 
WDHB tobacco control health promoter Sarah Hawken says the decision to establish the new service is an exciting opportunity to increase awareness of the support that’s available to smokers living in the Whanganui district.
 
“That this coincides with the national Stoptober campaign during the month of October is ideal,” Ms Hawken says. “Stoptober offers extra incentives for those who sign up online so I encourage people to take this opportunity to make positive change in their lives and the lives of their whānau.”
 
Online enrolments are now open for those keen to sign up for Stoptober. Smokers can choose a range of options for ongoing support, including a direct referral to the new local service. For more information visit www.stoptober.nz.
 
Ms Hawken says smokers wanting to become smokefree also have the option of dropping in to the local service’s two Whanganui city sites.
 
One is located at the Te Oranganui (Campbell St) and another on the corner of Ingestre and Wicksteed Streets.  The service also has clinics in Marton, at Waimarino Health Ltd and Taihape Health. For more information, or to discuss an appointment, please call 0800 200 249.

 
The recently released Ministry of Health Better Help for Smokers To Quit  target result showed 88 percent of Whanganui’s GP patients had been offered help to quit smoking by a health care practitioner for the April to June 2016 period.
 
This was a 2 percent rise from 86 percent in the previous quarter which primary care Smokefree clinical champion Dr John McMenamin says was pleasing.
 
Dr McMenamin thanked general practices for their dedicated efforts to support the ABC Smokefree programme which translates to: Ask about smoking status. Brief advice. Cessation support.