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Give Quitting A Go And Give Yourself A Pay Rise

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Give Quitting A Go And Give Yourself A Pay Rise

World Smokefree Day could be the perfect opportunity to increase your bank balance. For a 20-a-day smoker, quitting the habit can amount to an extra $100 a week, $400 a month or over $5000 a year. That's a nice bonus.

"In fact, it's like a double bonus," Northland District Health Board Smokefree Coordinator, Bridget Rowse explains. "You beat the addiction that's killing you and those around you, and you end up with more cash in the bankessentially giving yourself a pay rise at the same time!"

World Smokefree Day is an international event created by the World Health Organisation that's observed in New Zealand on May 31 each year. It's about supporting and celebrating smokefree lives for New Zealanders everywhere. "Give Quitting a Go" will continue as the World Smokefree Day theme again this year.

"Give it a goyou might find it's easier than you think! And once the next increase on tobacco tax goes through you'll be saving even more money," Bridget adds,

"It seemed particularly relevant given the ongoing spotlight on tobacco and the harm it causes. Our aim is simply to create a supportive environment that encourages people to consider quitting smoking and highlight the many sources of help available."

According to Bridget, there's a ton of help available and all you need to do is set a date, talk to the Quitline or your local health service and get hold of some patches, gum or lozenges and "go for it."

"Some people beat the addiction first try, others have a couple of goes but you can do it. Even just using the patches, gum or lozenges doubles your chances and those that also have support from services like your local GP, the Quitline or an Aukati Kai Paipa Quit Coach are up to five times more likely to succeed," encourages Bridget.

"Give quitting a go this World Smokefree Day - and then you can start planning what you're going to do with that extra cash!"

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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