Help's on the way

You're not alone. Photo / Richard Robinson
You're not alone. Photo / Richard Robinson

An eclectic approach can work best for smokers looking to quit.

Quitline spokesman Bruce Bassett said research showed people who used a combination of tools - gum, patches, social media and medication - improved their chances of staying smoke-free. "The most important thing is self-belief. Once you've made that decision and have that self-confidence going, it's about using all the help that's available out there."

A new, locally developed social network called Goalpost will join the slew of devices available for quitters today. Goalpost co-founder Siobhan Bulfin said four researchers worked on the project. The programme will target networks like Facebook and Twitter. Those who sign up set their own quit goals and receive support from friends and family who monitor their progress online.

- Herald on Sunday

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