May 29, 2015
Help available to quit smoking
It's World Smokefree Day on Sunday, and Maori tobacco control advocates will be out in force to help whanau quit the drug.
Catherine Manning from the Auckland Regional Public Health Service says the theme this year is about protecting future generations.
She says while Maori smoking rates are declining, they are still above other groups and Maori could miss the target of a smokefree Aotearoa by 2025.
For those thinking about quitting, there is support and help in every community – including Aukati Kaipaipa buses at Sunday's Warrior's game at Mount Smart.
Catherine Manning says even if people find they can't give up smoking yet, at least reduce the risk to tamariki by not smoking in cars or homes, and washing face and hands after a cigarette.
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