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  • Dayna and daughter Tayla

    Second pregnancy compels Waikato mum to quit smoking, Once and For All

    Hamilton-based pregnant mum Dayna Allen, 25, inhaled her first puff of smoke ten years ago as a curious 15-year-old, barely old enough to drive a car. As the addiction set in, Dayna worked her way through an average of 36,500 cigarettes over the next decade, about 10 per day. She ceased to slow down even […]

  • Tehuia Hapimana

    Finally smokefree after nearly five decades

    Te Huia Hapimana comes from a long line of smokers. His parents and seven older siblings all smoked, leading him to pick up his first cigarette at just 14 years old. Now 60, Hapimana, from Hamilton, has broken his habit for good. Before deciding to quit, Hapimana was hospitalised for chest pain and difficulties breathing […]

  • Onceandforall

    Quit now to give your baby the best start in life

    Time matters in pregnancy and childhood. A child spends nine months in the womb, and those nine months are crucial for the health, development and survival of your child. Exposure to smoking during this time is not the same as exposure to smoking during nine months of adulthood; there is much more at stake. Every […]

  • Quit smoking this Matariki

    Quit smoking this Matariki and be in to win a $200 Prezzy Card!

    Matariki is the perfect time for smokers to give their health new beginnings, and the Once and For All stop smoking programme is recognising this with a Facebook competition. All smokers in the Waikato and Tairawhiti region who enter the Facebook competition in the week before and after Matariki (between 18 June and 2 July), […]

  • Successful quitter Alicia Hayward

    No more smokes for Alicia thanks to new stop smoking programme

    Alicia Hayward knew it was time to quit smoking when she began to notice that all she thought about was when she could go for a smoke. “I was just always thinking about when I could go outside and have a smoke,” she says. “I was planning my days around when I could have one; […]

  • onceandforall

    New quit smoking service available in Hamilton

    A brand new, innovative quit smoking service is now available to smokers in Hamilton and throughout the wider Waikato region. The programme, dubbed ‘Once and For All’, offers intensive behavioural support for smokers with a dedicated Quit Coach. The programme, facilitated by Pinnacle Midlands Health Network, is available for free at GP practices and health […]

  • surround

    Quitting smoking just one part of the health equation

    Making the decision to commit is the first step in quitting smoking, but having full health support during the quit journey is the real key to success. And having that support come to you when you need it is even better. For Turanga Health in Gisborne, its all part of the service they provide to […]

  • Something to smile about when you quit smoking for good

    It’s hard to find the words to thank the people who helped you finally quit smoking. Te Kuiti Medical Centre practice manager Bernie Barry-Addy says the pride her clinic’s patients have in themselves when they quit is special to see. “One of the women who had quit smoking with us, the first through our quit […]

  • eligible-new

    Quitting smoking for good: a decision you won’t regret

    Making the decision to commit is the first step in quitting smoking, but having strong support is the key to success. And having that support come to you when you need it is even better. For Ngā Miro Health in Ngāruawāhia, it’s all part of the service they provide to smokers who are ready to […]