World Smokefree Day the perfect opportunity to quit

25 May 2017



Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is challenging smokers to celebrate World Smokefree Day on 31 May by quitting - and quitting for good.


“Did you know that the average smoker who smokes 20 cigarettes a day, at a cost of $24 a packet, will spend around $8700 over a year,” says WDHB tobacco control health promoter Sarah Hawken.


“Or that yearly tax increases on cigarettes, will mean smoking a pack a day will cost more than $11,000 a year in three years’ time?


“It’s hard to imagine how much money that is over a person’s life-time so besides the health benefits you gain by quitting, the amount of money you save is enormous.


“Given that research indicates that at least eight out of every 10 people who smoke regret starting, and six in every 10 have tried quitting in the last five years, World Smokefree Day is that ‘line in the sand’ for smokers to quit, and non-smokers to never start.”


Ms Hawken says the Whanganui Stop Smoking Service has a number of trained coaches available throughout the region to work alongside and support those wanting to give up. “So for non-judgmental assistance and advice, please contact their team on 0800 200 249.”