Your body begins to repair itself as soon as you stop smoking.

If you are thinking about quitting, wanting to support someone to quit, or have recently relapsed and need some advice about trying again there is lots of help available.

Nicotine replacement therapy – patches, gum and lozenges – has been shown to double your chance of quitting.

The other approved stop-smoking medicines that are available on prescription from your doctor in New Zealand are:

  • Bupropion (Zyban)
  • Nortriptyline
  • Varenicline (Champix)

All these medicines ease tobacco withdrawal symptoms, which makes stopping easier.

It may take a few tries but you are more likely to remain smokefree with help from a quitting service and support from friends and family. You can have more than one service support you on this journey.

Regional support services

  • your primary healthcare provider can help – talk to your doctor or practice nurse today
  • the Nelson Marlborough Health Public Health Service offers free support. Contact:

Nelson Public Health (03) 543 7920
Service Hours: Monday 12-8pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9am - 2.45pm
Outpatient clinics: Monday afternoon - Motueka Family Services Centre
Monday evening and Wednesday morning - Richmond Health Hub
Friday morning - Nelson Hospital Outpatients
Phone: (03) 543 7920
Txt: 027 548 8242

Wairau Public Health (03) 520 6200

Service Hours: Monday - Friday
Inpatient & Outpatient referral services.
Community Hub Clinics: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am -12.30pm
Or by appointment (individual, groups and businesses)
To contact or refer phone (03) 928 4179 txt 027-246-0470 or email

National support

Quitline is a national service offering phone, text or online quit smoking support.


Visit the Ministry of Health website for advice on e-cigarettes.

Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health and that of your whanau and friends

Too many people die each year in New Zealand because of smoking or second-hand smoke exposure. It is never too late to quit.