- Healthy living
If no-one in New Zealand smoked, the lives of almost 5000 New Zealanders would be saved every year.
- Quitting is one of the best things you can do for your health – and that of your family and friends.
- Non-smokers are at risk too – but restrictions on smoking in public areas and workplaces help safeguard their health from the effects of second-hand smoke.
Second-hand smoke contains poisonous chemicals such as arsenic, hydrogen cyanide, ammonia and carbon monoxide.
In this section
- Smoking harms nearly every organ and system in the body. Find out what cigarettes are doing to you and your children. Read more
- You have everything to gain by quitting smoking – it’s one of the best decisions you can make for your health. Find out where you can get help to quit smoking. Read more
- Smokefree legislation affects schools, early childhood centres, retailers, licensed premises, sports clubs and all employers. Find out about smokefree law and how it applies to you. Read more
- Links to websites where you can get information on smoking and tobacco, and support to stop smoking. Read more
Quitting smoking is hard work, but you don't have to do it alone. Get information and support through the Quitline website (now mobile compatible) – or call the free Quitline advice service on 0800 778 778.
Learn about this free kanohi-ki-te-kanohi (face-to-face) service that offers Māori and their whānau the opportunity to stop smoking through a range of services and products.
Want more help? Find someone in your local area by visiting this online directory.