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Smokefree Canterbury Newsletter: July 2018

Thursday, July 19, 2018   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, smoking, smokefree, services

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the World Smokefree Day activities in Canterbury - see later in the newsletter an article about our hard-working Te Hā- Waitaha/ Stop Smoking Canterbury team who took a novel approach by raising awareness about the environmental impact of smoking on our beautiful city.

Smokefree Canterbury would like to focus on how we can address the issue of the supply of tobacco over the next 12 months - did you know that there are, on average, 6 tobacco retail outlets within 1km of a secondary school in NZ?

Find out more at our next Smokefree Canterbury coalition meeting to be held on Wednesday 15th August (noon to 2pm at Community and Public Health - 310 Manchester Street). Look forward to seeing you there.

Jane Cartwright
Chair of Smokefree Canterbury

Cancer Society Postcards well-received at Parliament!

Presenting postcards on the steps of Parliament.A Cancer Society initiative encouraging Kiwis to sign a postcard requesting that the government take action to reduce the availability of tobacco in our communities (dairies, service stations etc) has made it to the steps of parliament.

Over 2000 postcards were presented by the Cancer Society to Hon Rino Tirikatene (MP and Chairperson of the Maori Affairs Select Committee) on World Smokefree Day who was really inspired by seeing the postcards and assured the delegate of representatives that he would personally deliver them all to Hon Jenny Salesa (Associate Health Minister).

Thanks to everyone who submitted a postcard – it's not too late to get behind this kaupapa... At our last SFC meeting Amanda from the Cancer Society gave a brief presentation on Tobacco Availability and Supply Reduction and the community engagement resources that Cancer Society has developed to raise community awareness of why tobacco availability is important to the Smokefree 2025 goal.

Two women interacting with one of the 6 smokefree question boards.These resources come in the form of a set of 6 question boards with a flip up flap that reveals the answer to the question.  People are encouraged to read the 6 questions, have a go at answering the questions (on a brief survey form) and staff then walk people through the answers. Most people are genuinely surprised that tobacco is so widely available.  At the end of this ‘walkthrough’ people are encouraged to complete a postcard with a message of support to the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The question boards, guide to setting up, and hard copies of the postcards are all available from Cancer Society for other organisations to use. Contact Amanda Dodd at the Cancer Society if you would like to ‘loan’ the resources or would like postcards to have in your workplace (amanda.dodd[at] or 03 353 9871).

Canterbury Health Tobacco Control Plan 2018-2019: What's on the Agenda for Smokefree Canterbury This Year?

The Canterbury Health Tobacco Control Plan 2018-19 has just been signed off by the Canterbury Clinical Network's Population Health & Access Service Level Alliance. This plan sets out the work of the Canterbury Health System in contributing to the Smokefree2025 goal through enhancing collaboration, coordination and governance functions to develop a fully integrated smokefree system across the region.

So what does this mean for Smokefree Canterbury? The following is a summary of the objectives & actions in the plan where Smokefree Canterbury has a key role to play:

  • Provide a coordinated regional approach to support national initiatives and achieve Smokefree Aotearoa 2025;
  • Increase public awareness and support for priority actions and strategies to achieve the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goal;
  • Develop some local initiative around tobacco supply to demonstrate local support for governmental action reducing supply of tobacco;
  • Develop a submission responding to the expected government select committee process examining the regulations around ENDS (Electronic Nicotine, Delivery Systems); and
  • Support the development of enhanced smokefree policies in TLAs.

My Smokefree Poster by Kasia Broughton

Kimihia Parents’ College (Teen Parent Unit) has been promoting their 'Smokefree School' status this year. This was a great opportunity for students to take up the challenge and become smokefree, Ka mau te wehi koutou!

Students participated in a Smokefree Poster Competition to celebrate World Smokefree Day on the 31st May.  Smokefree ABC Educator Harata Franks and Stop Smoking Practitioner Mele Tatu had the hard task of awarding 1st place, as the posters were outstanding and the message was clear that students want a smokefree future for their children.

For the winner, Kasia Broughton, the focus was on helping others to want to quit smoking. In the poster she says “Children imitate your habits…”, so when it comes to smoking, “Don’t let your children copy yours.”

Kasia considered every aspect of the poster - from the powder blue background to the imagery and even typeface - to get her message across. Her aim was to make the viewer truly consider the impact of their smoking on future generations, not only their children but their children’s children.

“I hope my poster is powerful enough to make people stop and think about their choices, habits and lifestyle.”  Well done Kasia and all of Kimihia Parents’ College students who took part in the World Smokefree Day poster competition.

Kasia Broughton's winning smokefree poster.

A Letter to our New Government on the Smokefree 2025 goal

Martin Witt.Authored by Martin Witt (pictured right) from the Cancer Society and Richard Edwards, Janet Hoek & George Thomson from the University of Otago, Wellington, the open letter published in the New Zealand Medical Journal last month calls for bold new actions from the New Zealand Government to achieve the Smokefree 2025 goal.

It calls for the vision of the 2010 Māori Affairs Select Committee Inquiry on the tobacco industry to be revived. That vision included a reduction of tobacco retail outlets, and a reduction in tobacco additives, as part of the work to reduce health inequalities between Māori and non-Māori.

With a new Government, there is an opportunity to introduce a coordinated, evidence-based strategy. Already there are some signs of progress. The Minister of Health quickly recognised that a clear path was required to achieve the 2025 goal, and now Associate Minister Salesa has committed to creating a plan.

Read the media release on the open letter to the NZ Government on the Smokefree 2025 goal.

NZ Councils Smokefree Outdoor Policies and Spaces

Thanks to Julie Beckett from MidCentral Health and Martin Witt from the Cancer Society for updating these resources. A huge thank you to Paul Gains, one of the Cancer Society’s regular volunteers, who did all the leg work following up with each council.  Additionally we acknowledge Crile Doscher from Lincoln University who developed the graphic and is now working on ideas for an interactive version of this map -  watch this space!

The maps are designed to provide a snapshot of the newer smokefree outdoor areas councils are moving towards. There are 3 versions - North Island, South Island and the whole of New Zealand.

View the map of the South Island Councils' Smokefree Outdoor Spaces [PDF].

These are great tools for working with Councils on Smokefree policy and spaces... what's next for us Canterbury?

World Smokefree Day - Big Butt Clean Up!

All smoking trash items collected by the Te Ha - Waitaha team arranged into the shape of the South Island.On Thursday 31 May a team of dedicated stop smoking practitioners took to the streets - Te Hā-Waitaha/ Stop Smoking Canterbury went “butt picking”!

The message was simple – we think about smoking and the damage it does to the people, to our bodies; do we think about smoking and the damage it does to Mother Nature, to her body?

Cigarette butts, sourced from plastics, are not bio-degradable. We don’t realise the impact this wee thing has on our environment. Consider there are 50,000 people that smoke in Canterbury. If only one butt per person was littered daily it would add up to 350,000 a week. This would cause 18,250,000 butts a year to be washed up into our waterways, shorelines or wetlands. On a daily basis this is causing immense damage by leaching toxins out to our clean green environment – and destroying our clean green image!

This team walked from Community and Public Health’s office in Manchester Street, to Ara Institute of Canterbury in just 2 hours. Within these 2kms, they picked up 1000s of butts as well as packets, matches and lighters off the ground.

The kaupapa for this team was simple – raising public awareness of a by-product of cigarettes that is destroying our beautiful clean green image - and to challenge each person to look down and think about what we say we are proud of – our natural and beautiful Aotearoa!!

ARA Students Exceed Expectations on App Development Project

ARA students and staff involved in the app challenge with staff from Te Ha - Waitaha.Bachelor of Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) students were tasked to build a prototype app as part of their Mobile Technology course. The app needed to allow the client, Te Hā – Waitaha / Stop Smoking Canterbury, to more effectively reach young adults where uptake and prevalence of smoking is high.

Four students emerged as winners in the app development. They are Sarah Ball, Jake Reddock, Timothy Fowler and Soon (John) Ee. The students presented their winning apps and posters to the Canterbury DHB Smokefree Liaison Team and other Community and Public Health staff and were awarded certificates of excellence. The team at Canterbury DHB were blown away by the expertise and creativity shown by the students to develop the apps.

During the process of setting up the student assignment, the students learned a lot about smokefree, and two students decided to make a stop smoking attempt! The initiative is one of many initiatives contributing to the Smokefree Aotearoa goal of fewer than 5% of New Zealanders smoking by 2025. This will improve the health and wellbeing of Canterbury, especially for children and young adults.

Industry-based work placements and research projects are an important component of the ICT programme where students learn to adapt their technical skills to the needs of a client and a real world challenge… the Canterbury DHB will continue to work alongside Ara with the aim of combining the best of the winning apps and utilising it for the Te Hā – Waitaha/ Stop Smoking Canterbury service.

Rural Canterbury PHO: Partner of Te Hā - Waitaha/ Stop Smoking Canterbury

The Rural Canterbury PHO has been a strong support for rural health since 2003. The areas RCPHO works in are incredibly diverse, their region stretches all the way north to Cheviot, down to Ashburton in the south, west to Hanmer Springs, and east to Akaroa. Rural Canterbury PHO is committed to ensuring all Cantabrians have access to appropriate health services, no matter where they live.

Rural Canterbury PHO knows that appropriate and sustainable health services are at the heart of every thriving community and make it their purpose to understand the unique challenges and opportunities that practices are facing by delivering customised and appropriate support at local, regional and national levels.

RCPHO is responsible for delivering health services in the region via general practice and community organisations and one of its recent innovative responses are Practice Support Navigators who seek to support General Practices in their work with all patients by enabling equity of access to services and empowering patients and whānau to have improved health outcomes.

Carol Reardon.Carol Reardon is a qualified Stop Smoking Practitioner (SSP) who joined the RCPHO team in 2014. With over 18 years’ experience in smoking cessation, programme development, and a background in counselling and behaviour change management, Carol has been instrumental in developing a cessation programme that fits well with rural practices and reaching those finding it hardest to quit. Feedback to the GP’s about the progress of their patients is an integral part of the service.

With the development of Te Hā – Waitaha / Stop Smoking Canterbury, RCPHO became a partner in this mahi and employed Gina Straker - an experienced SSP with a background in asthma education, social work and corrections. Gina brings a range of knowledge and skills to the position and alongside Carol, works through the RCPHO region and understands the importance of working with hard to reach people who have challenges with transport and accessibility (one to one support in the person's own home is an important part of this service).

Along with the RCPHO practices and Te Hā – Waitaha / Stop Smoking Canterbury Carol and Gina are passionate about the goal to see Aotearoa Smokefree by 2025.

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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