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Life is looking a lot brighter for Pare Ehrhorn since she gave up smoking nearly two months ago.
She is saving almost $200 a week, no longer coughs in the morning, her singing voice has returned - along with a renewed confidence to sing - her brain is clearer, she has more energy and she now lives in a smokefree environment.
Pare, 50, says she decided to give up smoking after she had a “gutsful” of seeing the ongoing smoking culture within her own family.
“My grown up children and husband smoke and my 19-year-old who lives at home and his friend who lives here also smoke.
“I have grandchildren now and I just wanted to change the culture of our whole home.”
She says she wouldn’t have been able to quit without the backing of her whānau who have shown their support by not smoking within the family property.
“If they want a smoke, they leave the property to have one.”
She says this makes her feel well supported, respected and that they value her health.
And the bonus of having a smokefree home is that her whānau have also reduced their cigarette intake.
Pare decided to quit smoking after being introduced to the six-week Stop Smoking programme offered by Hauraki health provider Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki.
The service offers free nicotine replacement therapy, one-to-one or group support as well as a monetary incentive.
“I’m just grateful they have that service for the public,” Pare says. “And you can also check your carbon monoxide levels on a weekly basis to monitor yourself - you’re in charge, and can see your progress.”
Pare knows there will likely be challenges ahead – she has been there before, having previously given up smoking for 15 years until three years ago when a personal trauma saw her reach for the cigarettes again.
But she is all about moving forward, not backwards, and, while she says that stressful situations can always be a challenge, she hopes she now has the tools to see her through.
She is excited about her future, and the fact there are more positives on the horizon than negatives.
“I can see a future and it also makes me feel warm and fuzzy that we can offer to help our kids out if they need it financially.”
She encourages those who want to give up smoking to just try and give it a go.
“It can be about the timing, so if it doesn’t work this time, just keep trying, don’t give up.
“And surround yourself with the right people that can support you.”
Do you want to stop smoking? You can STOP Once and for All with our FREE six-week programme includes support and nicotine replacement therapy to help you Stop Smoking in a gradual way.
If you are Smokefree four weeks after your Quit Date, you will receive a $50 voucher. If you are pregnant and still Smokefree after your Quit Date, you will receive up to $300 in vouchers.
Contact: Melena or Jodi - 07 868 0033; firstname.lastname@example.org
World Smokefree Day was yesterday, May 31.
Caption: PARE EHRHORN, 50, right, from Thames, celebrates two months as a non-smoker with her Stop Smoking support person, Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Poukura Oranga/Service Manager – Public and Community Health Services. Debbie Petersen-Pilcher.
Prime Minister Jacinda Adern made a whistlestop visit to Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki yesterday, spending time with kaimahi and management in the wharehui, before heading off around the complex for a meet and greet. Super relaxed and friendly, the Prime Minister happily chatted and posed for photos with kaimahi before being whizzed away to her next appointment armed with a kete full of goodies, including a wee gift for daughter Neve.
Ko Moehau ki waho, Ko Te Aroha ki uta.
Ko Waihou, ko Piako me ko Ohinemuri ngā awa.
Ko Tīkapakapa te moana
Ko Ngāti Maru, ko Ngāti Tamaterā ngā iwi.
Ko Matai Whetu, ko Te Pai o Hauraki ngā marae. Ko Tainui te waka.
Ko Hoturoa te tangata.
Ko Jo Shelford tōku ingoa.
Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa e te whānau whānui o Hauraki.
Nō reira e te whānau Turou Hawaiki
nā Io ki a koutou katoa
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Winter can bring its share of sniffles and colds, but it can also unleash more serious illnesses such as the flu.
While a cold virus will likely last a few days, the flu, if left untreated, can lead to dangerous complications such as pneumonia and can even be fatal.
Those most susceptible tend to be the elderly, pregnant women and those with an ongoing medical condition such as diabetes or heart or lung condition, but it can affect anyone, no matter how fit and healthy they are.
Immunising against the flu helps prepare your immune system to fight the flu and can lessen the chance of someone not only getting it, but of spreading it around family, work colleagues, older relatives, or someone with a medical condition.
It takes two weeks to develop immunity once a person has the vaccine.
Pregnant women are at greater risk of complications from the flu and they can be vaccinated at any time during their pregnancy.
The vaccine can also pass immunity to the baby which can protect them in their first six weeks when they are too young to be vaccinated.
The flu is an airborne disease and very contagious, so if someone has the flu they should stay home from work to reduce spreading it around. Symptoms include a cough, headache, fever or chills, body aches and pains, fatigue and generally feeling miserable.
The flu is a severe respiratory illness which is different to a cold, so if people think they have a flu they need to seek medical treatment immediately.
The Flu vaccination is free for all Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki enrolled clients who are pregnant; 65 years and over; have longterm health conditions such as severe asthma, cancer and diabetes; and for children four years and under who have a history of respiratory illness.
Other enrolled clients are $20; unregistered $40.