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Smokefree Canterbury Newsletter: August 2020

Wednesday, August 12, 2020   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, smokefree, collaboration, legislation, vaping, campaign

Tēnā tātou katoa. Auahi Kore Canterbury hopes this newsletter finds you and your whānau keeping warm and well. It's great to see the days getting longer with only a few weeks left to go of winter!

With reluctance, we farewell Vivien Daley, pillar of the Canterbury tobacco control sector, who will retire at the end of this month. Viv's passion and dedication to the Smokefree kaupapa and Canterbury Health System over the past 40 years has been exceptional. Please join us at our next Smokefree Canterbury hui on 2nd September to hear Viv speak about the highs, lows and otherwise of her incredible career.

We welcome with relief the passing of the Vaping Amendment Bill at the last hour on the 5th of August. It's been a long time coming, with a huge amount of work done by many of our Smokefree Canterbury partners, and at a national level, the Cancer Society, to advocate for the right balance of protecting young people and children from vaping harm while enabling and supporting those who choose to vape to become smokefree. Read on to see the Cancer Society's response to the Bill being passed.

No doubt you have seen the new national public health campaign 'QuitStrong' launched on the 2nd of August. Initial feedback is that is has been well-received by the community, particularly for our priority group - young wāhine Māori. Our local quit service Te Hā Waitaha Stop Smoking Canterbury is primed and ready for the anticipated increase in referrals!  Read on for more details and access to campaign materials.

Our next Smokefree Canterbury meeting will be held on Wednesday 2nd September (noon to 2pm) - venue to be advised. All welcome.

Ngā mihi nui.

Lisa Hesp
SFC Chair

Read the August 2020 issue of the Smokefree Canterbury Newsletter online.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch