Stop Smoking Support

There are now many options of support for people looking to stop smoking. Talk to your doctor or nurse about the best programme for you.

Stop Smoking Canterbury/Te Hā-Waitaha

Stop Smoking Canterbury/Te Hā-Waitaha provides a free quit smoking programme. Stop smoking specialists work alongside you, with your whānau or family, or even in groups in your workplace or community. Nicotine patches, lozenges or gum are provided free of charge.

Pregnant women receive a voucher for attending an initial appointment with a stop smoking specialist. Further incentives are given for pregnant women who become Smokefree.

P: 0800 425 700
For more information or to register visit the Stop Smoking Canterbury website.

*PEGS Programme

The PEGS (Preparation, Education, Giving Up and Staying smoke free) programme provides free support, motivation, information and prescription of medications to help people who smoke, become smoke free. You can get this service at your general practice.

*Only available for those enrolled at a Pegasus Health practice.


CanBreathe supports individuals and families with respiratory conditions to quit smoking. Canbreathe’s nurses provide free smoking cessation counselling and Quitcards for subsidised nicotine patches, lozenges or gum if appropriate.

Quitline – 0800 778 778

Provide free phone, text or online advice and support until you are a non-smoker.

Contact: Quitline
P: 0800 778 778
W: Quitline website

What if I need help finding health care?

Partnership Community Workers (PCWs) can help you:

  • enrol at a Pegasus Health General Practice
  • get to your doctor/hospital appointments, if transport is a problem for you
  • visit Work and Income, if you find it difficult to pay for the doctor
  • find other Community Services to support you.

Find out more about PCWs and how to contact them.