Sorted Smokefree 2025

What is Sorted Smokefree 2025?

Sorted Smokefree 2025 is an exciting new hybrid programme bringing together wealth and health messages to support people to become financially capable and smokefree. The Commission will provide a facilitator who will deliver the financial capability element of the programme and they work in partnership with a local stop smoking service or the national service Quitline for participants to get support to stop smoking.

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The aim of the programme is to reflect on how money spent on smoking might be used towards people’s long-term financial outcomes such as buying a house or getting out of debt faster. The sessions generally run for two and a half hours over a six-week period.

In the first hour and a half we focus on specific topics which include: Making connections, Goals, Debts, KiwiSaver, Buying a house and Wills & insurances. In the second hour we have a stop smoking service provide information on how people can get the right medication and support to stop smoking. Where this service isn’t available, participants will be given information on Quitline and encouraged to access this service.

The workshops are also 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. 

Our Manukura Manager Alexander Stevens II who designed the programme is a registered health professional and qualified adult teacher. He has worked in the stop smoking field for over a decade and successfully completed in 2015 the NZQA national qualification in stop smoking practitioner training. Alexander has consulted with the Ministry of Health and the Health Promotion Agency to ensure our approach supports the work being done in the sector. 

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. 

Sorted Smokefree 2025 Introduction

Sorted Smokefree 2025 Introduction

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?

  • 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

  • People can share information, keeping one another up-to-date on news of interest to them

  • Creates a feeling of inclusiveness rather than isolation that people can have as a smoker

  • 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