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The price of tobacco rising but help is at hand

Wednesday, February 15, 2017   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: smokefree, services, smoking

There is great news for Canterbury people planning to give up smoking, with a new stop smoking service offering free help and support for those wanting to quit.

This is very timely news as tobacco prices have recently increased and are set to increase by 10% for the next three years, and will cost around $30 a packet in 2020.

Canterbury District Health Board Smokefree Manager Vivien Daley is encouraging referrals and self-referrals to the new service to help people shake the habit, protect their health and save their money for things that really count.

“With smokers looking at hefty price increases on their cigarettes, more and more cafes and local places becoming smokefree and smoking generally becoming less accepted everywhere, 2017 is the perfect time to make a fresh start and begin the journey to becoming smokefree.

“I’m really excited that there’s now even more help for people to kick the habit.”

The image below shows how far $90 goes - one packet of roll-your-owns plus papers and filters... or a trolley full of groceries.

$90 worth of smoking supplies - or $90 worth of groceries.

About the new service: Te Hā – Waitaha

Te Ha - Waitaha Stop Smoking Canterbury.Te Hā – Waitaha is a new free stop smoking service which is available to all Canterbury people who smoke. Ms Daley says there are specific programmes suitable for you if you are Māori, Pacific, pregnant or living with a pregnant woman.

“Quit coaches are based all across Canterbury and the support provided will be really up to the client, whether it’s face to face, via phone or text, in a group, or on your own.

“We work with clients to provide support and find ways that can help make quitting easier. This includes free nicotine replacement products like patches, gum and lozenges and advice on other available medications and supports.”

Quit coaches are located in:

  • He Waka Tapu (Wainoni),
  • Te Puawaitanga Ki Otautahi (Hornby), and
  • Purapura Whetu (Phillipstown).

Mobile workers will work from Community and Public Health and Rural Canterbury PHO in a range of other locations (both urban and rural).

Contact Te Hā – Waitaha Stop Smoking Canterbury for more information (0800 425 700, smokefree[at] You can fax referrals to Te Hā – Waitaha Stop Smoking Canterbury to 03 379 6125.

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