Smoking Cessation


Smoking is the leading cause of preventable morbidity, mortality and health inequities in New Zealand. With an estimated 4,500-5,000 deaths attributed to smoking every year, it is responsible for the premature death of half of its long-term users and is a significant cause of cancer, respiratory and heart disease.

Smoking rates have been decreasing over time as more people have been successful in their attempts to quit. In the 2018-19 NZ health survey update, 14.2% of adults were current smokers. This was down from 18.2% in 2011/12. However, rates remain unacceptably high amongst Māori (34%), Pacific people (24.4%) and adults living in the most socioeconomically deprived areas.

Health professionals have a vital role to play in offering cessation support, and if needed, referring people to a stop smoking service. This smoking cessation module outlines the ABC model for assessment and management in the form of behavioural support and pharmacological smoking cessation aids.


Once you have completed this short course and quiz, please click 'submit' where you will be taken to the results page. From here you can print your certificate for 1 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour.


This quiz was written by Professor Ross McCormick and Dr Peter Martin (The Quit Group) and updated in 2020 by Dr Grace Lee, FRNZCGP, MBCHB, BSc, DipTravMed.

The material is presented by the Goodfellow Unit (GFU), an accredited continuing medical education/ continuing professional development (CME/CPD) provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and functions under a tripartite agreement between the Goodfellow Foundation, the College and the University of Auckland. The Unit is located within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care and within the School of Population Health.


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