You can help be the change for someone who wants to quit smoking.
Do you have someone close to you that is trying to quit smoking? The awhi (embrace), support and encouragement will be hugely important when they are trying to stop smoking-and to make sure they stay smokefree. There are some tips on how you can help them:
- Be supportive when they choose to quit - try not to nag, argue, any righteous or off-putting behaviour may make them stay smoking.
- Point them to the right services where they can get more support and help to stop smoking.
- Be positive in your approach! Think about how you react to negative comments-imagine being in their shoes trying to stop a habit they have been doing for so long.
- It is very common for people trying to give up anything to slip up-just keep supporting them, its just a slip up not a relapse.
- Take time to spend with them-go walk or exercise with them.
- Suggest or get advice about things to do that is positive to fill their time.
- Go to the doctor or someone who can support them as some people are concerned about socialising, eating and putting on weight when they quit.
Language is no barrier for Quitline
Speak to someone who talks your language- there are over 18 Pacific people that work for Quitline. The commitment to help Pacific people quit smoking shows by having such people in the team to increase your chances to stop smoking. You can also use the Language Line service when you call 0800 778 778 and say “Language Line” in a clear voice as well as the language you want to speak in which includes Cook Island Maori, Samoan, Tokelauan, Tongan and Tuvaluan.
Quitline speaks to our Pacific peoples-in our language
You might prefer to have a booklet which is quite popular, click here to download yourself and others a copy. This booklet comes in some Pacific languages as well to ensure information is accessible for all people-Cook Island Maori, Fijian, Niuean, Samoan, Tokelauan, Tongan and Tuvaluan.