October 21, 2019
Wahine voice to fore in new stop smoking guidelines
Māori public health agency Hāpai Te Hauora is welcoming the release of new good practice guidelines for stop smoking services.
Tobacco control advocacy manager Mihi Blair says for the first time the health Ministry consulted with Māori in drawing up the guidelines.
That means Ka Pū te Ruha, ka Hao te Rangatahi reflects what wāhine Māori feel.
"Smoking’s not their priority now because they have other things they have to look at like babies, education, putting food on the table, trying to get a career, so recognising that, 'stop targeting me for quitting smoking, alleviate these barriers,' and I think that voice has really come through the whole approach," Ms Blair says.
She says the guidelines mean practitioners will be better equipped to tackle the big disparity in Māori smoking rates, because they should help them listen to what wāhine say and develop solutions to fit their circumstances.
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