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Add Your Name To History - The Journey Has Begun

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Add Your Name To History - The Journey Has Begun

Join people all around the globe to make history together this May in observing World Smokefree Day - an event that has now been running for over two decades.

"It's a unique opportunity to stand alongside others in a global movement for change - it's an extremely positive and empowering experience, especially for those who use World Smokefree Day as their date to quit smoking," comments Bridget Rowse, Smokefree Coordinator Northland District Health Board.

"We're inviting people to join with others around the globe, to step up and assert their freedom this May. Smoking is an addiction, it's not a symbol of choice - but quitting is. Give quitting a go on World Smokefree Day and mark your statement of freedom down in the history books during May."

World Smokefree Day is an international event created by the World Health Organisation. The season begins in New Zealand during May and culminates in the official World Smokefree Day, which is observed on May 31 each year. It's about supporting and celebrating smokefree lives for New Zealanders everywhere.

"Our aim," explains Bridget, "is to create a supportive environment that encourage people to consider quitting smoking and highlight the vast range of support that's available. Even just using the patches, gum or lozenges doubles your chances and those that also have support from services like Quitline, your local GP or an Aukati Kai Paipa quit coach are up to five times more likely to succeed," encourages Bridget.

"Some people beat the addiction first try, others have a couple of goes but no matter how long you've been a smoker, you can beat this - there's no need for it to define your future. Give quitting a go for World Smokefree Day.

"All you need to do is set a date, talk to the Quitline or the health service you see most and get hold of some patches, gum or lozenges and go for it," Bridget adds.

"Let's start the journey towards a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025. The journey begins in May."

To get help to stop smoking, talk to your local health provider, Aukati Kai Paipa quit coach or call Quitline on 0800 778 778, or

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