A holistic approach to ABC support for patients who smoke

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As a disease that primarily attacks the lungs and respiratory system, it comes as no surprise that a UK study in 2021 found that smokers were 80% more likely to hospitalised due to COVID-19 than nonsmokers. As we enter the third year of the pandemic, and with preparations for the Omicron wave underway, it’s timely

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Supporting Cantabrians to quit smoking

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Sue Aitken, Kaiārahi, Team Leader – Health Promotion Programmes, has one simple smoking cessation message: “We don’t expect practices to provide the actual support themselves. They are far too busy. Please refer your patients to a specialised quit coach via ERMS.” It’s simple and easy to do. Specialised quit support is provided through Te Hā-Waitaha

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Q&A: Smoking cessation programmes for youth

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Jo Butler is a Quit Coach employed by Pegasus Health as part of the Te Hā- Waitaha Smokefree Support programme. She explains what she and her colleagues are doing to support Canterbury’s young people to stop smoking. | What are rates of smoking among youth? Today most youth in New Zealand are smokefree with 3%

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