Smoking: Joining forces to trigger mass quitting
Joining forces to trigger mass quitting
9th September 2013
Triggering mass quitting was the focus for Aukati Kaipaipa providers at the Atamira Maori in the City event in Auckland over the weekend. Four providers came together to deliver a seamless Auckland-wide cessation service as part of the event's Hauora Hub.
Involvement in the event is one of many initiatives throughout the country that providers will be supporting to help people to quit and to reach the government's goal of a smokefree Aotearoa by 2025. "To reach our quit goals we need to engage with whanau and the community together. Working with and promoting all our smokefree provider services is key", says Glendith Samson, Aukati Kaipaipa worker at Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua.
Catherine Manning from Auckland Regional Public Health Services also supports a regional approach and is working alongside Zoe Hawke of the new National Maori Tobacco Control Leadership Service to make this happen, "Smokefree 2025 is a big goal, one that needs everyone on board. We can't work in isolation", says Miss Manning.
Providers are now working on a Christmas campaign to celebrate quit attempts and to spread the smokefree Christmas spirit across the country.