[Dr. Hayden McRobbie sits on a couch with a plant and a Smokefree poster behind him. He wears glasses and a pink button up shirt.]
You have made the right start in just watching this video.
Quitting smoking can be difficult, but using nicotine replacement products in combination with support from whānau, family, friends or health care workers is going to increase your chances of stopping smoking for good.
In New Zealand all nicotine replacement products, with the exception of the inhaler, are fully subsidised.
You can get hold of these from your doctor, your nurse, the Quitline, or the Quitline website: www.quit.org.nz (external link)
You can also pick them up from the supermarket or chemist, although you will have to pay full price.
Smokers are all different. Listen to your body, do whatever it takes to manage the craving.
You are in control. Don't be afraid to use more nicotine replacement products.
If you find yourself going back to smoking, don't worry. Stopping smoking's a little bit like riding a bicycle. Some people learn it very quickly, other people have to try several times.
The important thing to remember is don't give up giving up.
There has never been a better time to quit smoking. Give it a go — you might find it easier than you think.
[The slide shows: For more information about where to get nicotine replacement products go to quit.org.nz or visit your doctor, nurse or the Quitline phone: 0800 778 778.]
[The next slide shows: This video was funded by the Ministry of Health. The Ministry wishes to thank the following people: Catherine Marshall, Katherine Archer, Debbie Ryan, Roy Hoerara, Grant Carpenter, Hayden McRobbie and Carl Billington for the developlment of the script. The video was produced by The Church.]
[The final slide shows: Nicotine replacement products are very safe for smokers but they can make children adn non-smokers sick. Remember to keep them out of reach of children.]