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World Smokefree Day: A breath of fresh air for Lower Hutt

26 May 2016

World Smokefree Day is a great time to think about quitting smoking.

We realise giving up isn’t easy, says Te Awakairangi Health Network Health Promotion Leader Tanya Radford. “But we’re here to help.”

The Te Awakairangi Health Network Health Promotion team will be based at Westfield Queensgate all day on World Smokefree Day, Tuesday 31 May offering smoking cessation support, and writing scripts for nicotine replacement therapy, such as patches, lozenges and gum.

This support to quit smoking is welcomed by Healthy Families Lower Hutt. Smokefree communities is one of their four focus areas, along with increasing good food choices and physical activity, and reducing alcohol related harm.

Healthy Families Lower Hutt Manager Hayley Goodin says, “Healthy Families NZ is about all of us working together to make our communities healthier places to be, and as a result, reducing rates of preventable diseases like some cancers.”

Ms Goodin says, “Our aim is for Lower Hutt to become a city that supports its people to be healthy and well. The recent extension of Hutt City Council’s Smokefree Policy is a great example of how we’re going to achieve this vision.”

Hutt City Council’s Smokefree Policy now includes parks and sports grounds, train stations, bus shelters, beaches, outdoor dining on pavements, and outdoor public areas around council buildings and facilities. Designated smokefree areas in city centres are also being considered.

The extended Smokefree Policy aims to help our children ‘stop before they start’ by reducing the visibility of smoking, and to reduce the effects of second-hand smoke in public places in our communities.

Hutt Valley DHB Chief Executive Officer Ashley Bloomfield says the Council’s policy provides welcome support for the health of whānau/families. “A smokefree environment throughout Hutt City will help our children grow up free from the dangers of second hand smoke.”

Smokers looking to quit can also call Quitline (0800 778 778) anytime day or night for smoking cessation help and support.