Sorted Smokefree 2025

Sorted Smokefree 2025 is a six-week programme provided for free to Stop Smoking Services across the country. We provide free facilitator training for your staff to deliver the workshops to your clients/patients.  

The aim of the programme is to combine the motivating factors of sorting out personal finances with the cessation services that enable successful quit attempts.  The programme is six weeks long with each workshop running for two and a half hours. The topics covered in the workshops include: Making connections, Goals, Debts, KiwiSaver, Buying a house and Wills & insurances.

The workshops are designed to support people to stop smoking with a target quit date in “Week 3”. As part of the programme clients/patients are encouraged to bring a family member or friend who will support them to reach their stop smoking and financial capability goals.  We have consulted with the Ministry of Health and the Health Promotion Agency to ensure our approach supports the work being done in the sector. To ensure that people are given both local and national support we have also teamed up with the national helpline service, Quitline.

Sorted and financial capability

At the Commission for Financial Capability we run workshops across the country in workplaces and communities. Our programmes aim to cover a range of topics that help people with their finances today and set them up for a better tomorrow.  In the evaluation of our programmes we observed people spontaneously stopping smoking, reducing their alcohol intake and reducing spending on takeaways.

Seeing people spontaneously stop smoking as a result of attending our community financial capability programmes has been a happy surprise.  We believe we are harnessing a powerful motivator to stop smoking by helping people to take charge of their finances to achieve their broader goals in life. 

A new approach using wealth and health approaches

The results and evaluations led the Commission to engage in a consultation process working with people across the health, social and financial sectors. Our aim was to see how a specific programme geared towards stopping smoking and financial capability could be created. The end result is the best blend of messages and approaches to support people’s goals of improving health and wealth. Our programme is evidence-based and encourages a Whānau Ora approach to wellbeing.

To support these workshops in the digital space we created Sorted Smokefree 2025 videos where we invited Tobacco Control lead Hāpai Te Hauora to team up with us. Each video has two support people who deliver smokefree/financial capability messages in bite-sized chunks of information. The videos are sent to participants one week before they attend the workshops, giving people an idea of what to expect. 


Smokefree 2025

The New Zealand Government has an aspirational goal of New Zealand becoming 95% smokefree by 2025. This goal will assist in improving the health of people who smoke. From our perspective, this provides an opportunity to increase people’s wealth by using the money that would have gone towards cigarettes and instead use it towards paying debts, student loans, saving towards a first house and towards retirement.

This approach aligns with the Government's National Strategy for Financial Capability to equip New Zealanders to get ahead financially now and heading towards retirement. Given this it makes sense to link the two approaches together in partnership.

What are the benefits for an organisation in running these workshops?

  • The workshops are provided free to Stop Smoking Services
  • Organisations can see more people in a group than via one-to-one contact
  • The programme encourages services to follow up in one month, six months and 12 months
  • A better understanding of what is happening in people’s lives including triggers to smoke in order to provide support
  • Support groups empower people to work to solve their own problems
  • Members can share information, keeping one another up-to-date on news of interest to them
  • Talking to a health professional can be very intimidating for some people, because those relationships tend to place more power with the professional. In a support group, members are equals; this can make people feel much more comfortable opening up about their problems
  • Creates a feeling of inclusiveness rather than isolation that people can have as a smoker

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