How to Quit.
What is offered, where and by whom?
Stopping smoking is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. If you’re ready to stop smoking, we’re ready to help. We have eight sites across Tai Tokerau. Our stop smoking service offers face-to-face support which can be provided in an individual, whanau/family or group setting. We provide free nicotine replacement therapy to support you on your journey to quit/become smokefree. This includes gum, lozenges and patches. We can also advise you about other non-funded stop smoking medicines available.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Where to get it
Toki Rau Stop Smoking Services provides FREE nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). This includes gum, lozenges and patches. We can also advise you about other non-funded stop smoking medicines available.
What it costs
NRT is free from Toki Rau Stop Smoking Service providers. There will be a $5 dispensing fee if you access NRT via Quitline, your GP or pharmacist.
How to use it
Using patches, gum and lozenges for eight weeks can double your chances of quitting. They will reduce your cigarette cravings without damaging your health. They work by replacing some of the nicotine you usually get from cigarettes or tobacco.
Using vaping products (sometimes called e-cigarettes) is an option for those people who are trying to quit smoking and other methods haven’t worked for them.
Key points are:
- The best thing smokers can do for their health is to quit smoking for good.
- Vaping products are intended for smokers only.
- The Ministry of Health believes vaping products could disrupt inequities and contribute to Smokefree 2025.
- The evidence on vaping products indicates they carry much less risk than smoking cigarettes but are not risk free.
- The Cochrane Review found that vaping products can help people to quit smoking, but acknowledges that the evidence is weak due to little data.
- Both Quitline and local stop smoking services can support smokers using vaping products to quit.
- There is no international evidence that vaping products are undermining the long-term decline in cigarette smoking among adults and youth, and may in fact be contributing to it.
- Despite some experimentation with vaping products among never smokers, vaping products are attracting very few people who have never smoked into regular vaping product use.
- When used as intended, vaping products pose no risk of nicotine poisoning to users, but e-liquids should be in child resistant packaging.
- The Ministry of Health is identifying safety standards for vaping products in New Zealand. In the meantime, vapers should buy their products from a reputable source like specialist retailers.
Combining smoking with vaping
- The greatest health benefits are seen when people stop smoking completely, and this should be the goal when trying to quit.
- Some people manage to switch completely to vaping quickly. Others can take some time to adjust and may need to try a number of different vaping products and e-liquids before finding one that can help them stop smoking.
- Ideally, people will eventually stop vaping as well.
Where vaping products can be used
The Smoke-free Environments Act 1990 does not prohibit vaping products being used in smoke-free places. However, individual organisations can ban vaping as part of their own smoke-free policies.
For more information
There is more information about vaping, including the risks, legislation covering vaping products, on the Ministry of Health website.
Quitline has general information about vaping, as well as how they can help people who are using vaping to quit smoking.