WDHB offers support to smokers for 1 January tax increase
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The Whanganui health sector has help on hand for smokers wanting to begin the New Year by quitting smoking.
 
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) smokefree coordinator Julie Tolladay-Poulton says the 10 percent tax increase on all tobacco products due to take effect on 1 January will, she hopes, encourage many people to quit.
 
“But given that this is the very period when many cessation services are shut, we know this is going to be very hard for some people,” Mrs Tolladay-Poulton says.
 
“To help those who really are committed to making this important lifestyle change, the WDHB, MidCentral Health, a number of cessation providers and Whanganui Regional Primary Health organisation (WRPHO) have prepared a quitters’ summer pack.
 
“In these packs we have one week’s supply of nicotine patches and oral products (gum and lozenges), a list of the cessation services available throughout Whanganui, and a list of their contact details and opening times.”
 
Mrs Tolladay-Poulton says the local health sector wants to support those motivated to make a New Year’s resolution by giving an immediate support package which will hold them over until they can access long-term assistance.
 
In Whanganui, the summer packs can be obtained at the following locations:
  • Quit Clinic on the corner of Ingestre and Wicksteed St up until 4pm on 23 December (open again on 9 Jan)
  • Wicksteed Medical Centre on 28, 29 and 30 and 4, 5 and 6 January
  • WanganuiHospital’s Emergency Department/Wanganui Accident and Medical (WAM) reception
  • Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority’s smoking cessation service in Campbell Street is open until 23 December and again on 9 January.
 
“On a personal level, I want to wish everyone using our packs all the best with their efforts to become smoke free. It’s never easy quitting but there is support and we look forward to working with them over the coming year.”