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Smokefree Canterbury Newsletter: February 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, Training, smokefree, services, smoking, young people

Happy 2018… even if it is February!

The Smokefree Canterbury collective was thrilled with feedback following the Achieving a Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 seminar last November and a big thank you to Amanda Dodd and her team for organising the event. There were requests for another event this year focusing on ‘e-cigarettes’ so we are keen to hear from you all if such an event would be helpful and who might help organise it.

Another action was to survey local communities about their views on e cigarettes. We look forward to discussing this and other current topics and initiatives at our bi-monthly meetings.

Our next Smokefree Canterbury coalition meeting will be held on Wednesday 11th April (from  noon to 2pm) at Pegasus Health (401 Madras Street).

Look forward to seeing you there.

Jane Cartwright
Chair of Smokefree Canterbury.

Achieving a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025 Christchurch Seminar: Coalition Letter to the Minister of Health

Smokefree advocates from the Canterbury West Coast region wrote to the Minister of Health Hon Dr David Clark outlining the steps required to achieve a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025.

This followed the highly successful Achieving a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025 seminar held in Christchurch in November last year. The seminar was very well attended by leading University of Otago researchers and smokefree groups who discussed the essential actions required to achieve a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025.

View presentations from the Achieving a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025 seminar.

Helping Them Stay Smokefree!

Ensuring that young people don’t take up smoking is an important part of achieving the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goal. From puberty to their mid 20's, young people's brains undergo massive growth and change. This means a young person's brain is more sensitive to drug use, including tobacco, than those of adults, increasing the likelihood of nicotine dependency.

One of the ways we protect our young people from starting smoking is for Smokefree Enforcement Officers to undertake 'Controlled Purchase Operations'. These operations test retailers to check whether they will sell to an underage person - someone under 18.

Six of these operations took place in Canterbury during December 2017 and January 2018. Of the 77 stores visited 75 did not sell to our 16 year old volunteer. One retailer that did sell received a $500 Infringement Notice and the other is being investigated for prosecution by the MoH as they have repeatedly sold to minors during these operations.

Contact Christina Lewis at Community and Public Health for more information about Smokefree Enforcement from Kaikoura to Ashburton (Christina.Lewis[at]

ASH Year 10 Smoking Survey: Positive Results!

Results from the 2016 ASH year 10 survey released this week show that only 2.2 percent of year ten students smoke daily - the lowest smoking rates recorded since 1999 when 15.2 percent of students smoked daily.

ASH Programme Manager, Boyd Broughton said: ‘The decline in smoking for year ten students is one of the big success stories of the smokefree movement in New Zealand. Rates have dropped by two thirds in under a decade’.

Whilst the overall smoking rates were at record lows for all young people, there still remains some inequities across groups.  Maori students were more than 5 times more likely to report smoking than European students; 5.9 percent smoked daily compared to 1 percent of European students.

The challenge is to ensure that young people stay smokefree as they get older. ASH urges the new government to make this priority. Richard Edwards agrees "We urgently need a robust strategy with comprehensive preventive measures to address the change that occurs in regular smoking from 2.2 percent at 14/15 years to 20 percent or so at 18-24 years (2016/17 NZHS), and unfortunately much higher prevalence among Māori."

View 2016 ASH year 10 survey topline results.

Stop Smoking Practitioner Training in Christchurch

The National Training Service (NTS) is running a Hub in Christchurch - the first step to enrollment in the Stop Smoking Practitioner Programme.

Dates: Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th February 2018.

If you know anyone who would be interested in becoming a qualified Stop Smoking Specialist, please let them know about the Christchurch Hub. There may be no further Hubs in Christchurch until 2019.

Contact the National Training Service if you want to register for this Hub in Christchurch(admin[at]

Find out more about the Stop Smoking Practitioner Programme.

HPA.HPA Tobacco Control Seminar

Planning for this year's Health Promotion Agency Tobacco Control Seminars are well underway. A South Island seminar is to be held in Dunedin.

Date: Thursday 12th April 2018.
Time: 9am to 3.30pm.
Location: Dunedin Art Gallery (30 The Octagon).

Register online for the Dunedin HPA Tobacco Control Seminar.

Update from Te Hā – Waitaha/ Stop Smoking Canterbury

The team of quit coaches at Te Hā – Waitaha/ Stop Smoking Canterbury offer free medications, advice and behavioural support for those wanting to quit. While the service is available to everyone, specific programmes and communication strategies are implemented for Māori, Pacific, pregnant women and other priority groups.

Te Hā – Waitaha/ Stop Smoking Canterbury now offer a number of FREE CLINICS across Canterbury to support those on their journey towards a smokefree future. Current clinics are based in Hei Hei, Burnside, Central City, Philipstown, Papanui and Wainoni.

Clinics will start in Kaiapoi and Bromley from early March. Clinics run at various days and times including evening clinics. Phone 0800 425 700 for more details about their clinic times and locations.

Visit the Te Hā – Waitaha/ Stop Smoking Canterbury website For more information.

Like Te Hā – Waitaha/ Stop Smoking Canterbury on Facebook for the latest details.

The organisations delivering the programme are:

Te Puawaitanga Ki Ōtautahi Trust

Teresa Butler.Te Puawaitanga Ki Ōtautahi Trust is a kaupapa Māori provider of a range of health, education and social services that promote the health, education, culture, history and wellbeing of Māori/ Women and their Whānau.

They have a large clinical team who take their expertise into the community in order to increase participation for whānau in health and education services. They hope to reduce any barriers which may affect whanau ability to access health care or services which may aid their well-being.

Their services include Stop Smoking Support as well as Tamariki Ora/ Well Child, Whānau Planning, Parenting Support, Mobile Nurses, and Breastfeeding Information.

Their Stop Smoking Practitioner Teresa Butler was one of 4 finalists nominated for the inaugural Tariana Turia Award at the recent Oceania Tobacco Control Conference in Hobart. She was nominated for working with and helping many whānau in a variety of different settings including marae, medical centres, Salvation Army AOD services, factories, communities and in the whānau home.

Keep up to date with what's happening at Te Puawaitanga Ki Ōtautahi Trust (Facebook).

ARA: On Board Smokefree Aotearoa 2025

Ara Institute of Canterbury - as a Smokefree campus - are bringing awareness to Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 prompting students to become or remain Smokefree through a variety of projects. During the campus welcome month, students will be introduced to their local Smokefree Team and Stop Smoking Service at their ‘Student Life Expo’.

There will be a focus on student wellbeing and information about the services that are available to them.  Health Promotion students have teamed up with Community and Public Health to support the planning and running of this event where participation will see carbon monoxide readings, financial burden displays and prizes to be won.

Get assistance from Community and Public Health if your workplace is interested in extending or updating their Smokefree Policy.

Contact Mitchell Jordan at Community and Public to help to support your employees to become smokefree while at work, or for good (Mitchell.Jordan[at] with Subject: Smokefree employees).

ENDS and Smokefree Aotearoa 2025: Public Health Summer School

The Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) & the Smokefree 2025 Goal was a popular University of Otago summer school seminar held in Wellington on Monday 12 February. Topics presented and discussed included recent research findings on who is using ENDS, dual use and use by non-smokers, ENDS users information needs and ENDS cessation advice and support. A few representatives from Smokefree Canterbury attended the course and will feedback at the next coalition meeting in April.

Lindsay Robertson presented some very interesting findings from interviews with ENDS users and tobacco retailers selling ENDS products. ENDS user information needs included information about the potential health effects of vaping, content of the e-liquid, appropriate/safe level of nicotine intake and the quality, use and maintenance of the device. Potential ENDS users are currently seeking information from the internet/social media, friends and family who are current users, ENDS specialist retailers, local dairies and other non-specialist retailers. Specialist vape shops were seen as the most helpful with reports of other retailers giving poor/conflicting or no advice.

Interviews with tobacco retailers selling ENDS products - predominantly dairies - highlighted poor knowledge of ENDS, missperceptions about potential harms, lack of or inappropriate advice and stocking of low quality products. The full results from the study are currently being prepared for publication.

The Ministry of Health has recently developed a position statement and key messages on electronic cigarettes. This states "The MoH is identifying safety standards for e-cigarettes in NZ. In the meantime, vapers should buy their products from a reputable source like specialist retailers".

Find out more about the legislation, regulation and safety of e-cigarettes (Ministry of Health).

Fresh Air Project Taking Off!

After a successful pilot in Christchurch last year the Fresh Air Project is pleased to announce that Fresh Air projects are now up and running in Nelson and Whangerei.

Fresh Air Nelson launched in Dec 2017 and is going strong. Hamish’s Ice Cream Parlour owner Daniel Cleary said along with his business partner Tracey Healey, the pair decided to go smokefree as soon as they heard about the initiative in December. “It’s definitely a positive thing, the wharf (Mapua wharf) is full of families and it is a lovely place to be, it doesn’t need to be tarred up with people’s cigarette smoke and cigarette butts everywhere.” Hamish said the change had been well accepted by customers.

Read about more Nelson cafes going smokefree.

Fresh Air Project in Whangarei

The Fresh Air Project Whangarei launched on 29th January 2018 - Northland's Anniversary Day.  The pilot will run for three months from January to March 2018. Thirteen pilot cafes join 14 other venues in Whangarei that already offer smokefree outdoor dining. Fresh Air Whangarei is a partnership between Northland District Health Board, Whangarei District Council and Cancer Society Northland.

Read more on Fresh Air Project Whangarei.

Encouraging expansion of Fresh Air Project in Christchurch

The Christchurch Fresh Air Project is now keen to encourage more hospitality venues to become part of the Fresh Air movement as it moves beyond pilot stage. Many other venues have expressed an interest. Leanne Bayler is new to the Cancer Society and is working to recruit more venues to the Fresh Air Project, so contact her to find out more (021 919 134).

Visit the Fresh Air Project website.

New Posters Hot off the Press!

The Health Promotion Agency (HPA) has just released the 2018 'Cost of Tobacco' infographics.

There are two infographics - one with a pouch of tobacco and another with a pack of cigarettes.

Contact Diana Pedlow at HPA for more info or support on these files (D.Pedlow[at] with the Subject: Cost of Tobacco Infographics).

Revamped Smokefree Facebook Page a Hit!

The Smokefree Future Facebook page has recently been re-activated by HPA. It was originally the “Smoking Not our Future” page. It has 86 000 followers, and growing. The intent of the page is to positively reinforce a smokefree way of life, for those who have chosen to remain smokefree, who have successfully quit smoking, or are contemplating quitting. The tone will be light and, at times, a bit quirky, which is a deliberate decision to ensure likeability.

View the Smokefree Future Facebook page.

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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