World Smokefree Day 2016- 'It's all about whānau'

World Smokefree Day 2016 brings with it the message 'Quit now- it's all about whānau'. 

World Smokefree Day is known as World No Tobacco Day, and is celebrated internationally on May 31.  This global initiative focuses on raising awareness around the health burden of smoking and reducing exposure to second-hand smoke.

This year's theme aims to encourage and support friends, families and whānau across New Zealand to quit, creating environments where our children are free from exposure to tobacco. 

World Smokefree Day is a prime opportunity to work together to achieve the goal of a Smokefree Aotearoa 2025.

Bridget Rowse, Smokefree Advisor, Northland District Health Board says, “Research indicates that children with parents who smoke are three times more likely to become smokers.

We know that parents, whether they are smokers or not, feel very strongly about not exposing children to smoking. Children see their parents smoke and this has a strong effect on what they perceive as normal.”

World Smokefree Day promotes taking control to quit now and supporting each other to take the steps to become smokefree. 

Just last week, it was announced that the cost of a packet of cigarettes will rise to about $30 in the next four years after the Budget delivered a 10 per cent a year tax rise.

It will raise an extra $425 million in tax revenue for the Government over the next four years.

An announcement is expected to be made today on standardised cigarette packaging.

Te Kāea reporter Ripeka Timutimu will have more on this tonight at 5:30pm.