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Better Help for Smokers to Quit

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Important note: This site is no longer being actively maintained and is presented here as an online archive. While it still contains a wealth of useful information, visitors who want to receive the latest health information should register to receive the fortnightly email Digest. This will link you directly to articles of interest in the key areas covered by this site. You can register for the Digest here.

Visitors with a specific interest in hospital productivity are recommended to visit the Tobacco Control section of the Ministry of Health site.

The Better Help for Smokers to Quit health target is designed to ensure health professionals, especially doctors, nurses and midwifes, routinely screen for tobacco use and then to offer smokers help to quit. The health target has been split to cover the following areas: 

Secondary - 95 percent of hospitalised patients who smoke and are seen by a health practitioner in public hospitals are offered brief advice and support to quit smoking.

Primary Care - 90 percent of enrolled patients who smoke and are seen by a health practitioner in general practice are offered brief advice and support to quit smoking.

Maternity - 90 percent of pregnant women (who identify as smokers at the time of confirmation of pregnancy in general practice or booking with Lead Maternity Carer) are offered advice and support to quit.

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