World Smokefree Day on the 31 May was a great opportunity for people to try to quit smoking and to celebrate success stories from people who had stopped smoking.
Our Smokefree team heard an inspirational story from Liz, a mother of six, whose decision to quit was driven by her aroha for her tamariki.
“What pushed me to go through with the course was the thought of having my children in a smoke free environment, me being able to be around longer and saving money.”
Liz recently finished a three month programme with our Smokefree programme at Middlemore Hospital and says she feels amazing.
“I started smoking at a very early age and I’ll tell you it was a little hard to give up but with the determination and the 1000% support from my supporters, I’ve come this far.
“I have more energy and time now that I'm on a smokefree path. All that money that would usually go on smokes goes towards more treats and trips for my kids. I'm so proud of myself for how far I've come! I don't feel tempted one bit to have a cigarette at any time.”
Throughout the three-month course, Liz had support from the Smokefree team both over the phone and in-person appointments. She received quit smoking packages and products designed to help her on her quit journey.
“My support person, Gloria, not only with helped me to become smoke free but also with support when my baby was born. She dropped by home with a pepi pod so that baby had her own safe space to sleep and I want to thank her and the team at Middlemore Hospital Smokefree programme.
“I also want to encourage all smokers to think about their loved ones and the longer healthier life they could give themselves and their whaanau when they become smoke free.”
Smokefree advisor, Gloria says she is incredibly proud of Liz.
“Not only has she created a Smokefree household for her tamariki and whaanau, she has been sharing her successful Smokefree journey among her whaanau and community encouraging them to take on the wero of quitting.
“If you live in the Counties Manukau area, and are thinking of quitting smoking, you can access free support and advice from our Smokefree team – just call us on 0800 569 568 for a chat.”