October 30, 2014
Stoptober a success
Organisers of New Zealand’s first Stoptober say more than 5000 kiwis signed on to the programme and many more made the attempt to give up smoking unofficially.
Campaign manager Stephanie Erick say many stop smoking providers were overwhelmed with smokers wanting to quit during the month.
She says there’s still time before the end of the month for people to sign up on the stoptober.co.nz website to get 31 days of support.
Over half the quitters were aged between 25-44 years and twice as many females committed to stop smoking than males.
The latest 2013 Census shows 33 percent of Māori and 23 percent of Pacific people smoke, compared to 14 percent of Europeans and 8 percent of the Asian population.
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