The Fono

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Quit Smoking and Become Smokefree

Improve your health and lifestyle by kicking the habit and quitting smoking. Smoking causes over 80% of lung cancer in NZ and The Fono provides support and encouragement to help those who want to quit smoking and support friends and whānau on their quit journey.

How smoking affects the body

  • Lungs: Cigarette smoke damages the tiny hairs (cilia) that help clean your lungs. Without these hairs, toxins from cigarette smoke remain in the lungs, and can move to other organs via the bloodstream. Lungs are also coated in tar
  • Skin: Smokers tend to get wrinkles sooner than non-smokers, possibly due to reduced blood flow, and it may damage tissue (elastin and collagen)
  • Blood: Many of the chemicals in tobacco smoke end up in your bloodstream, and can travel throughout your body. Carbon monoxide robs your muscles, brain and body of oxygen
  • Mouth: Smoking causes gum disease, oral cancer, loss of taste, stained teeth, mouth sores and bad breath

Smoking and children

  • Kids who have a parent who smokes are seven times more likely to become smokers
  • Smoking around children increases their risk of serious infections that affect breathing, such as croup, bronchitis and pneumonia, and children are also more likely to catch coughs, colds or wheezes
  • Smoking dramatically increases the risk of cot death (sudden unexpected death in infancy)
  • It increases the risk of your children contracting glue ear and other middle ear infections
  • It increases the risk of your children getting meningococcal disease

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