22 Dec 2009

Twice as many smokers trying to quit

3:12 pm on 22 December 2009

The organisation charged with helping New Zealanders quit smoking says about 54,000 people have registered to try to give up their addiction this year. That's double the number who did so in 2005.

The chief executive of the Quit Group, Paula Snowden, says its combination of advice, support and nicotine replacement therapy makes New Zealand's smoking cessation programme the most successful in the world.

She says about 10,000 people a year successfully give up smoking through the programme.