Ready to quit?

So you’re thinking about quitting? Fantastic.

We know it’s hard to quit such an addictive thing as tobacco and you often need help to achieve your dream of being smokefree. The good news is we’re here to help.

Scroll through the following options below and find what feels right for you or have a go at several together. You might want face-to-face coaching with the same person each week at our local clinic or want to share your story and speak to others who are quitting online. Go on, give it a go, kia kaha!

Ngā Taura Tūhono Regional Stop Smoking Service

Ngā Taura Tūhono Stop Smoking Service is a FREE service available to the Whanganui community to help you achieve being smokefree. Although the process of quitting is a difficult one, the good news is that no matter how long you have been smoking, you can experience major and immediate benefits when you quit smoking. Within just 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your body starts going to work to try and repair itself.

We know people have many reasons for making a quit attempt, maybe for their children, health, or so they can have some more money in their pocket.

Regardless of motivation to quit it can be challenging, and having face-to-face support improves the chance of quitting and staying quit.

Ngā Taura Tūhono’s team of qualified quit smoking practitioners know that when individuals and families start the journey to being smokefree, they’re starting the journey of transforming themselves and their future. We are here to support you through that journey.

The service has a range of options available to provide support including clinics in a range of places, and we can come to your home or workplace.

They also have FREE nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) available, such as nicotine patches, lozenges and gum, to assist you with stopping smoking. These are very useful at helping to reduce the craving for a cigarette and roughly doubles your chances of quitting successfully.

The clinics all have Smokerlyzer breath testing equipment so you can find out how much carbon monoxide is inside your lungs and track your progress.

They understand everyone is different so their dedicated team is available to help you in any way that they can, for as long as you need.

Ngā Taura Tūhono's practitioners are on-hand to give advice about the following:

  • How to change your routine’s and habits built round smoking
  • Stress management without tobacco
  • Vaping, Champix and Zyban (oral medication to help)
  • Weight management once you quit
  • Relapse and trying again
  • Cutting back on alcohol
  • Smoking and pregnancy
  • Carbon monoxide lung testing
  • Referral to GP, Quitline or iwi health providers.

Ngā Taura Tūhono's free clinic sites are located at:

  • The Quit Clinic - 49 Ingestre St, Whanganui
  • Te Oranganui - 57 Campbell St, Whanganui
  • Marton
  • Taihape Health
  • Waimarino Health.
  • Gonville Health Centre.

For more info

Please get in touch on 0800 200 249, via Facebook or by dropping into one of the free friendly clinics listed above.

Click here to view the

Stop Smoking Service video


Quitline is a FREE phone service that will help you quit smoking.

They will send you out a quit card for fully subsidised nicotine patches, gum and lozenge. All you have to pay is a dispensing fee for each product.

You can talk with a quit coach on their 0800 line (0800 778 778), blog on their website or receive motivational messages via text message.

Quitline has an interactive website that provides quitter’s stories, information about quitting smoking, helpful hints and a blogging page.

You can sign up online at any time, or by calling 0800 778 778.
Their call centre is open Monday to Friday 8am – 9.30pm, and Sunday 10am – 7.30pm. They are closed on Saturday.

All Medical Centres and GP services
Your local medical centre and GP surgery can offer you full smoking cessation services. This can include nicotine patches, gum and lozenges but also the prescription only medications such as Zyban and Champix.

Make an appointment with the GP or nurse to discuss what is best for you and which medication is appropriate to assist you in becoming smokefree. Charges may apply.