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Another tobacco tax hike on the horizon

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On 1 January 2017, the tax on tobacco products will again be increased by 10 percent. In recognition of this there is plenty of support available to those who wish to quit.

​Te Ohu Auahi Mutunga (TOAM), is a free stop-smoking service available to people in the MidCentral district, and its coordinator Fay Selby-Law is encouraging people to use the service.

She said: “Our service can help you through the stop smoking process, whether that involves face-to-face meetings, text message support or phone calls; it’s up to the individual. The great news is that this year there will be no interruption to the availability of our service; you will be able to access our service throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

“The New Year is often a motivating time to look at resolutions around our health and wellbeing, and the tax increases often give people that extra motivation to give us a call, and ask for help to stop smoking. We just want to let people know that we are here to help.

“So if you’re worried about the damage smoking is doing to your health or your wallet, make sure to give us a call or text on 021 405 011 at any time. One of our stop smoking team will be there to give you a helping hand.

“Many of our local community pharmacies are also really committed to helping people stop smoking. Make sure to check out if your local pharmacy provides free advice, support, and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).”

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