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Help to stop smoking

Stopping smoking before you get pregnant is one of the best things you can do for your health and for your baby. Smoking during pregnancy is one of the main causes of complications in pregnancy, linked to miscarriage and stillbirth and an increased chance of going in to labour too early. 

If you are trying to conceive it is important for you and your partner to stop smoking as smoking can affect fertility. Both partners stopping smoking can be a good support for each other. Quitting smoking is...

Quit smoking

Stopping smoking is one of the most important steps you can make towards a healthier life for you and those close to you.

And it will save you a lot of money!

Once and For All is a Pinnacle service that coordinates all enquiries about smoking cessation in the Waikato and Tairawhiti regions.

Its website gives lots of good advice and puts you in touch with the support closest to you or which best matches your needs.

Start your quit journey online now!

No smoking or vaping

We have a no smoking, no vaping policy that applies to all patients, visitors and staff. Whether you are coming to us for a clinic appointment or a hospital stay, you must not smoke or vape anywhere inside our buildings or on our grounds.

It is routine for our staff to ask all patients if they smoke and to offer you options to help you be smokefree during your stay. If you let us know, we can provide clean nicotine products on the wards (e.g. patches, lozenges or gum). 

We can also refer you t...

Smokefree pregnancy

Smoking during pregnancy affects your health and the health of your baby. You risk having complications in pregnancy and have increased risk of:

losing your baby through miscarriage in earlier pregnancy, or stillbirth
your baby being born too early and needing extra medical care
your baby having a low birth weight that could be harmful to your baby’s health
your baby developing pneumonia and asthma
your baby dying suddenly in their sleep (also known as Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy or cot...

Why can't I vape?

While vaping can help smokers to stop smoking and carries less risk than smoking cigarettes, it is not risk free.

The exact nature of the liquid products used in vaping is often unknown and is currently unregulated in New Zealand. Vapour will often drift into a space that is shared with other people.

Vaping products are intended for smokers only and the best thing smokers can do for their health is to quit smoking for good.

Consensus statementThis consensus statement has been agreed by the Mi...

2017

... Hepatitis A outbreak, website, pertussis, cyanobacteria

October

Pertussis, regional immunisation rates, onset date and occupation

September

Rheumatic fever prevention, enteric disease, measles and raxubella

August

Influenza, mumps

July

Mumps, smoking cessation, authorisation of yellow fever vaccinators and vaccination centres

June

Te Roopu Rautaki

Hapū Wānanga, a free kaupapa Māori labour, birth and parenting programme.
Tuapeka Kore (Tobacco Free), a progression from Auahi Kore (Smokefree), and a programme that brings tikanga to the forefront in the war against tobacco use and smoking within Māori whānau.
·       Safe Sleep training and distribution to providers throughout the Waikato Region
Mareka Hicks
Admin and Facilitation for Hapū Wānanga

Tamara Karu
Hapu Wananga Facilitator

Phone 021 25 22 779

If you had a preterm birth in a previous pregnancy

... medical team at the clinic. Based on your previous experience of a preterm birth and your current pregnancy and health they will discuss what treatment options are available to you and what monitoring you will need.
If you smoke it is important to stop smoking as soon as possible in your pregnancy. Smoking greatly increases the risk of going into labour too early. You can talk to your midwife about what support is available or contact your local Once and For All stop smoking service.
Alcohol a...

Support services

... physical functioning and ability to carry out day-to-day activities. Physiotherapists and occupational therapists can help with expert advice and exercises to help you regain your mobility, or assist with specialised aids to help you better manage.

Smoking cessationStaff at Waikato hospital support people wanting to quit smoking. Our smoking cessation programme includes free nicotine replacement therapy.

Social Workers/ Psycho-Social Support ServicesSocial workers and Psycho-social supports s...