Stop smoking

Your body begins to repair itself as soon as you quit smoking.

Photo of a girl at the beach with the sun behind her, arms stretched out.

Quit for yourself, your whānau, your friends and your pocket. Improve not only your health but the health of your loved ones, and get more out of life.

Maybe you’ve tried to quit before and failed. It can be tough to quit smoking – 80% of current smokers would not smoke if they had their life over again.

However, every day people show it can be done. Read about people who have quit at Quitline blogs.

Get help to quit

Ready to quit smoking? You don’t have to do it alone.

  • Call the Quitline on 0800 778 778.
    • You are 5 times more likely to quit with Quitline than quitting alone.
    • Quitline supports around 12,000 people to quit every year. Make yourself one of them.
    • Talk to a Quitline advisor who will help you:
      • create a personalised quit smoking plan
      • understand your smoking addition
      • set a date to stop smoking – your Quit Date.
    • They’ll also send you a Quit Pack – this contains supportive information and your Quitcard. Take the Quitcard to your local pharmacy to get subsidised nicotine patches, gum and lozenges.
  • Talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Start a Quitblog. Read about others’ stories and success, and share your own.

For more information, visit the Quitline tools to help you quit smoking.

Quitline’s Enhanced Pregnancy Service:

  • provides specialised support for pregnant clients throughout the duration of the pregnancy and up to 6 weeks post-partum.
  • This service emphasises staying smokefree and creating smokefree home environments, and enlists the participation of a support person for the client.
  • Midwives can text referrals directly to Quitline; pregnant clients are contacted within two working days. For more information please contact Quitline at 0800 778 778.

Photo used courtesy of Quitline.

In this section

  • Medicines like nicotine replacement therapy can make it easier for you to stop smoking. Find out what’s available in New Zealand. Read more
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