Smoking help for Maori and the pregnant

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The South Canterbury District Health Board is focusing on helping Maori and pregnant women to stop smoking.
SCDHB stop-smoking service staff members Carmen Chamberlain and Koriana Waller said the service had undergone changes to the ways services were delivered, under priorities identified by the Ministry of Health in late 2016.
“We are focusing on face-to-face support, with Maori and pregnant women being identified by the MOH as a priority,” Ms Chamberlain said.
“We used to do a lot of phone support but now we are sitting down with people and looking at how they smoke, strategies for giving up, support systems and available medications.”
Carbon monitors had been distributed to midwives in South Canterbury in line with the Ministry of Health prioritising pregnant women for smoking cessation, she said.
“It is about the effect of smoking on babies.”
Ms Waller said an event was planned to take place at Te Runanga O Arowhenua on World Smokefree Day on May 31.
“We are trying to get the message out and connect with whanau who smoke,” she said.
Anyone keen to get involved or seeking help with quitting smoking can contact Ms Chamberlain on 687-2334 or cchamberlain@scdhb.health.nz.