Research shows that a "business-as-usual" approach to smoking cessation in New Zealand means the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 target will not be met.
We're leading a new approach to smoking cessation across Waikato and Tairawhiti regions - Quit Smoking: Once and for All.
The priority for this service is Maori, Pacific and pregnant smokers. Pinnacle MHN is collaborating with a range of providers to coordinate the provision of this service.
The innovative approach involves two components: behavioural support from a 'quit coach' combined with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) if appropriate.
The programme is free for smokers to participate in. If NRT is appropriate that is also provided for free.
The aim of the quit coach is to boost motivation to quit, and coach people in techniques that will help them to resist the urge to smoke ever again.
Smokers are supported through either a group session or one-on-one coaching - people can choose which setting they'll feel most at ease in.
The group intervention connects and engages people within communities to attempt to quit. This intervention is available for smokers in workplaces, community organisations, maraes, churches and clubs.
Smokers are enrolled into the programme, and commence on the stop smoking pathway when a target quit date has been set.
The smokers carbon monoxide (CO) levels are measured at the first appointment with a smokerlyzer, and at the final appointment at week four (measuring CO levels at other points during the four weeks is optional).
Once the quit have been validated the smoker receives financial incentive of $50.00 (more if pregnant) and the provider receives success fee.
Smokers can sign up to the Once and For All programme online, through their GP or community health provider or by phone.
For more information visit www.onceandforall.co.nz or phone 0800 6623 4255.