HASI Team Tackles Tobacco

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December 11, 2018


Grand Pacific Health’s HASI Team (Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative), have been helping participants to ‘tackle tobacco’ after receiving a grant from Cancer Council NSW’s Tackling Tobacco Project.

HASI Team Leader George Hamza says it’s a step-by-step program that aims to reduce smoking-related harm amongst the most socio-economically disadvantaged groups in NSW:

“We have partnered with Cancer Council NSW to give our participants the support they need to quit and make sustainable changes.”

“Participants at both our Ulladulla and Nowra sites, now have access to ‘Quit Smoking’ resources such as: NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy), ‘Quit Kits’ containing information, audio and written support on how to reduce and quit smoking, and a Smokerlyzer on site to support and help track the health benefits to participants who reduce or quit smoking.”

“Our staff have also attended Tackling Tobacco face to face training and completed an online course in Smoking Cessation,” added George.

HASI Support Workers are now regularly having ‘Tackling Tobacco’ conversations with participants and providing ongoing support.  Both HASI sites have also updated their ‘smoke free’ signage and have resources readily available.

GPH Tackling Tobacco Project Coordinator Rebecca Semovente, says the team is already seeing the benefits of the program:

“We have certainly seen a reduction in the number of participants who smoke and the numbers are continuing to decline.”

“We will continue to run the program next year and have implemented a ‘Tackling Tobacco Steering Committee’ who meet once a month – consisting of staff, community peer volunteers and participants, to help guide future projects,” added Rebecca.


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