• This is the most important thing you can do for your health
• You can gain control and get rid of your smoking addiction
• You owe it to yourself and your family
The West Coast DHB provides a specialist smoking cessation service. This is being delivered by Ann McDonald in Greymouth (at the Corner House, at 129 High St, opposite the Mobil Service station and New World supermarket) and Jeanette Thomas at Buller Health in Westport.
Remember: using smoking cessation support will double your chance of quitting!
Community and Public Health in Greymouth provide the Oranga Hā Tai Poutini stop smoking service, delivered across the Coast by staff based in Hokitika, Greymouth and Westport. [see their promotional material under our Resources tab on this page].
The West Coast PHO funds the Coast Quit programme for all the medical centres and health clinics on the West Coast and the community pharmacies in Hokitika and Greymouth. This programme, which is offered by a trained smoking cessation person at your GP Practice or local pharmacy, provides medication and support to quit smoking, for six to eight weekly or fortnightly sessions, at a maximum patient co-payment of $2.50 per session.
It is based on two ‘active ingredients’:
The Coast Quit programme can be repeated, if necessary, up to three times in a 12 month period. Other support options include the national Quitline service 0800 778 778, the hospital-based cessation counselling services in Greymouth 03 769 7488 and Westport 03 788 9238, and the Oranga Ha – Tai Poutini programme 0800 456 121.
Your Coast Quit support person will give you more information about NRT and about dealing successfully with urges to smoke after you’ve decided to stop.
Services 1) and 2) above also provide the Smokefree Pregnancy and Newborn Incentives Programme to assist women who want to quit smoking during pregnancy, and for the first four months after baby is born. In addition to the usual stop smoking medication and support, this programme provides up to $350 in New World vouchers over 12 weeks prior to the birth and up to $250 over 16 weeks after the baby is born. Read more about Smokefree Pregnancy in our ‘Maternity section’.
Medicines like nicotine replacement therapy can make it easier for you to stop smoking. The medicines work by easing your withdrawal symptoms. Only stop smoking medicines that are proven to work are available in New Zealand. Find out more on the Ministry of Health website in their stop smoking section…
Page last updated: 15 April 2019
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