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World Smokefree Day - Groceries weigh in against tobacco

For so many Northland families, staying ahead of the bills and keeping food on the table is a real challenge, and one that isn’t getting easier. For those one in five New Zealanders that smoke the pressure can be even greater.

“For an average 20-a-day smoker, you’re looking at over $100 a week, $500 a month or $5000 a year going on smoking,” Bridget Rowse, Smokefree Advisor Northland DHB explains.

“That’s a kilo of mince, or a block of cheese and two litres of milk, each day – an extra tank of gas each week, your monthly phone and power bills combined and a trip to Australia and back for a family of four each year,” Bridget adds.

May 31 is World Smokefree Day and Bridget is encouraging smokers to make the most of the occasion and quit for good. 

“It’s the perfect time to quit and World Smokefree Day is the perfect opportunity. Trade in the smokes for a full tank of gas – literally and figuratively. Or pick up another loaf of bread, some milk and some cheese instead of that cigarette packet,” Bridget urges.

“It’s about freedom. It’s about whānau and being there for those you love. Take up the challenge and take a step towards a smokefree Aotearoa and quit smoking on 31 May, World Smokefree Day.”

For those who decide the time is right to quit, there’s more help available than ever. Quitline now provide support over the phone, online and by text and there is an increasing range of medical products and nicotine therapies available, from as little as $3 for an 8-week supply.

To quit smoking talk to your local health professional, an Aukati Kai Paipa quit coach www.aukatikaipaipa.co.nz or call Quitline on 0800 778 7788, or visit www.quit.org.nz.

For further information contact:
Bridget Rowse, Smokefree Coordinator
Phone (09) 430 4101 extn 7908

Paula Martin, Communications Officer
Northland District Health Board 
Phone (09) 430 4101 extn 3321

 



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