Smoking Cessation


Cigarette smoking is a leading preventable health risk, yet nearly a quarter of adult New Zealanders still smoke. GPs and practice nurses are in a key position to help smokers quit. In addition to the information provided in this short course, the Ministry of Health has identified a number of priority population groups (including Māori, Pacific peoples, users of mental health services and pregnant women) due to their  high smoking rates or the substantial benefits they would obtain from stopping smoking. The recommendations in their Guidelines apply to all of these groups, but a more tailored approach may be required in some cases.

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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 2015 by Dr Hayden McRobbie on behalf of the Ministry of Health.

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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