Time to quit smoking

Last updated 11:08 23/01/2014

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OPINION: January is a great time to quit smoking.

On January 1 the tax on cigarettes and tobacco increased by a further 10 per cent.

This increase will make the cheapest packet of cigarettes about $16.

It is a great incentive to quit smoking, both for your pocket and your heart.

There is a lot of support available to assist with this quit journey.

The quitline can be accessed through 0800 778778 or www.quit.org.nz

Locally, general practitioners and many workplaces have nurses trained in smoking cessation and nicotine replacement therapy.

Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust (0800 925 232) provides the Aukati KaiPapa Stop Smoking Programme and also supports pregnant women to change their smoking.

The Heart Foundation totally supports Smokefree New Zealand 2025. Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease as well as many cancers and other diseases.

The good news is that stopping smoking leads to an almost immediate reduction in the risk of cardiac events.

NICOLA MASON

Heart Health advocate

Heart Foundation

Southland

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