- Healthy living
Quitting is one of the best things you can do for your health – and that of your family or friends.
Smoking kills more people in NZ each year than road crashes, alcohol, other drugs, AIDS, suicide, murder, drowning and earthquakes – all put together!
– Smokefree – Not Our Future
Non-smokers are at risk too – 350 deaths per year (plus a number of diseases and illnesses) are estimated to be from past exposure to second-hand smoke in New Zealand. One aim of smokefree law is to protect all workers and the public from second-hand smoke.
Presented by Dr Hayden McRobbie.
What is in a cigarette?
There are over 4000 identified chemicals in cigarette smoke. Three of these chemicals are hexamine, acetone and arsenic – hexamine is used in paint and lacquers, arsenic is used for rat poison, and acetone is used in nail polish remover.
Do you really want these chemicals in your lungs? For more information about what is in cigarettes, go to Not Our Future – Poisons in cigarettes.
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 stop smoking. Read more
- Links to websites where you can get information on smoking and tobacco, and support to stop smoking. Read more
Phone: Call us for free advice and non-judgemental support.
Quit blogs: Get support from others who are also quitting.
Quit stats: See how much money you are saving with your own calculator.
Txt2Quit: We’ll send you quitting support straight to your mobile.
Patches, gum and lozenges: It’s never been cheaper to quit, a supply of one of these will only cost $5.
Quit Plan: Create your own personalised Quit Plan to help you on your quitting journey.
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.
Smoking – Not Our Future
A Facebook group for young people where Kiwi celebrities share their thoughts on smoking, and tell us why they choose not to.
Find out more from the Ministry
The Ministry of Health has been the key agency for policy development in the tobacco control area.