From 1 January 2016 the cost of all tobacco products will rise by at least 10 percent. That means cigarettes costing $20.40 now will rise to at least $22.50, if not more.
After the last tobacco price increase there was a sharp increase in the number of people accessing stop smoking services.
MDHB Health Promotion Advisor Julie Beckett said: “Many smokers want to stop, and tobacco price increases and New Year’s resolutions provide that trigger.
“There is a wide range of support available to help people including Te Ohu Auahi Mutunga (TOAM) a MidCentral wide community-based stop smoking service. They can help you through the process, whether that involves face-to-face meetings, text message support or phone calls; it’s up to the individual.
Community pharmacists around the MidCentral district can offer free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) packs and support to quit smoking.
“For help to quit go into one of the participating pharmacies below and ask for your free pack. We just want them to know that they are there to help, right across the MidCentral district.”
All the smoker has to do is reach out.
For Stop Smoking support contact:
Te Ohu Auahi Mutunga - text 021 405011 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or Quitline 0800 778 778.
Radius, The Palms
Horowhenua Health Centre
Contact: Communications Unit (06) 350-8945