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Smokefree Canterbury Newsletter: December 2018

Wednesday, December 12, 2018   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, smokefree, services, smoking

Thanks to everyone who came along to our meeting last week where the team from Hāpai Te Hauora facilitated a workshop about Supply Reduction. It was wonderful to meet Mihi, Lizzie, Fili and Carel and hear about their direction and plans for achieving our Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goal.

Just prior to our meeting the Hāpai team collected perceptions about achieving Smokefree 2025 from whānau who currently smoke - it was enlightening to compare these with our sector views and thoughts. We look forward to receiving a summary report back from Hāpai Te Hauora once they have completed their haerenga (journey) around Aotearoa.

Find out more about Hāpai Te Hauora.

Our next Smokefree Canterbury coalition meeting will be held on Wednesday 27th February from 12 to 2pm at Community and Public Health (310 Manchester Street).

Note: The SFC group has decided to reduce the frequency of our meetings to quarterly. Meetings will focus on a current theme/topic and we will have guest speakers/presenters. Keep an eye out for what topics will be covered and feel free to contact us with requests/offers to present work you are currently involved with or interested in.

We also plan to hold a half-day workshop next year - likely topics will include supply reduction and vaping.

Meri Kirihimete, happy holidays, safe travels and a BIG thank you for your smokefree work in 2018!

Jane Cartwright
Chair of Smokefree Canterbury

Iconic Christchurch cafe joins the Fresh Air Project

Christchurch based Fush owner Anton Mathews and the Mathews whānau have recently joined the Fresh Air Project. “Fush is embracing auahi kore (smokefree) dining to protect our staff and customers from the dangers of secondhand smoke, and to set a good example for tamariki, whānau and the broader community,” says Anton.

Anton says “Now if we have a customer come in who wants to be smokefree, we are ready to have a kōrero about it and help them find the support they need.”

Read more about Fush going smokefree in the latest Canterbury DHB Well Now magazine - see page 14.

Find out more about the Fresh Air Project.

Summer school seminar: Regulating the retail supply of tobacco

Date: Wednesday 13 February 2019.
Location: University of Otago, Wellington.
Cost: $300 if you register before 20 December 2018. Full price is $400.

Regulating the retail supply of tobacco is essential to help denormalise the product for the next generation, assisting those trying to quit, and promoting smokefree communities.

Advocates need options for reducing supply that have a robust evidence base to frame the case. Securing regulatory change will also need support from within the retailing sector.

This one-day seminar will canvass:

  • The latest research from both New Zealand and overseas;
  • Potential policy options for reducing retail outlets;
  • First hand experiences of retailers who have elected to stop selling tobacco;
  • Discussion on the advantages /disadvantages of not selling tobacco from a retailing perspective;
  • Modelling the impact of reducing retail outlets in urban and rural settings; and
  • How the sale of ENDS such as E-cigarettes fits into supply reduction.

Maori and Pacific scholarships are available for this Pubic Health Summer School seminar.

Get more information on this seminar on regulating the retail supply of tobacco, inlcuding how to register.

Smokefree Aoraki National Park?: SFC to support Cancer Society submission

The Cancer Society is planning to make a national submission on the draft Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park Management Plan before the extended deadline of 4th February 2019.

This can be echoed by others from our local smokefree coalitions – especially Tobacco Free West Coast and Smokefree Canterbury.

We feel that there is a clear mandate for endorsing Smokefree 2025 – framing our message around: 

  • environmental benefits
  • fire safety 
  • health benefits

Get more details about the submission process on the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park Management Plan.

South Island's first smokefree dairy: Waikuku Beach General Store

Community support and alternatives to tobacco made the decision easy to go smokefree for this 'ex'-tobacco retailer safety.

Read the full article about the Waikuku Beach General Store going smokefree, including a video.

Purapura Whetu: Partner of Te Hā - Waitaha/ Stop Smoking Canterbury

Purapura Whetu Trust is a Māori Health and social service provider based in Christchurch. We offer a whānau centred approach to

Our mobile team provides regular, ongoing support to people in the Canterbury area in their home and/or the community. We understand that each situation is unique, so we tailor the support to you.

Tayla Tuki has taken up the role of Stop Smoking Practitioner at Purapura Whetu for the last 6 months. Tayla is from Ngati Maru iwi and was born down south in Invercargill. She has lived and completed her schooling here in Ōtautahi for the past 15 years. She has been working in the community for the last 3 years as a Community support worker and was previously employed as a Kaiwhakapuawai at Te Puawaitanga ki Otautahi Trust.

Tayla is incredibly passionate about health and wellbeing loves working with our Hapu Mama through the Pregnancy incentive programme and all the other Whai Ora looking to make the change.

Addressing the challenges of young Māori women who smoke: New Ministry of Health Report

This report identifies insights generated from initiatives which empowered young Māori women to become smoke free, including building trusting relationships, dismantling complex life contexts and building financial capability.

The report was conducted in partnership with various Kaupapa Māori and mainstream services with the aim of identifying new areas of opportunity that could positively impact on the rate of smoking among young Māori women.

Recommendations included shifting from a single issue focus to holistic wellbeing; mainstream to Te Ao Māori world views; deficit to strengths based considerations of wellbeing, and reframing quitting smoking to protecting whakapapa.

Hāpai General Manager of Tobacco Control Mihi Blair (Ngāti Whātua), says that it’s encouraging to see services acknowledging the underlying reasons why wāhine might smoke, such as whānau/ whakapapa disconnect and financial strain.

Blair explains that once we tackle these root causes, it’s likely we’ll also see other statistics plummet like drinking and drug harm: "These findings are a reflection of wāhine Māori being dished with an unfair burden of responsibility for the financial, emotional and day-to-day running of whānau Māori. We hear all the time in our community mahi that some see smoking as their ‘time-out’, and ‘an escape’ from the realities of life stress."

Read the full report "Addressing the challenges of young Māori women who smoke".

Smokefree2025 Research Sypmposium

The Smokefree sector came together last month in Wellington for the 3rd tobacco control research symposium - hosted by ASPIRE2025 and the National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI).

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield (pictured above with research award recipient Lizzie Strickett) gave an opening address and leading smokefree researchers from ASPIRE2025 and NIHI updated the sector on their latest research across all areas of tobacco control.

Topic areas covered perceptions of tobacco product waste strategies, the relationship between smoking and alcohol, Cytisine versus vareniclin trials, betel nut in the Pacific and NZ, and vaping as a treatment option for smoking cessation.

Panel discussions included tobacco supply reduction, reducing nicotine content in cigarettes, tobacco tax increases, timing and revenue, and vaping.

National Smokefree News: A summary of recent news from around the country


Smokefree Canterbury.Smokefree Canterbury is a coalition of organisations in Canterbury with an interest in smokefree - working together towards the goal of a Smokefree Canterbury and Aotearoa by 2025.

Auahi Kore Mō Ake Tonu Atu
Smokefree Forever

Visit the Smokefree Canterbury website for more information about our work and to join the coalition.

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