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Manukau Courier 23 February 2016 | The Manukau Courier has joined forces with Counties Manukau Health to try to get visitors and patients to stop smoking outside Middlemore Hospital and the Manukau SuperClinic.

The award-winning choregrapher, dancer, actress and rapper Parris Goebel has lent her weight to the campaign too.

‘‘I don’t want to walk through someone else’s dirty smoke, especially not outside a hospital! ‘‘Think before you light up and together we can clear the air.’’ Counties Manukau Health wants the community to get on board with its message: If you need to smoke, don’t do it outside hospital entrances or on surrounding land. 

Hospitals are places of healing and patients are often vulnerable, it says. Smokers create a toxic cloud of smoke that patients and whanau have to walk through. 

There is free help available to people who want to quit – phone 0800 568 569 or email smokefree@middlemore.co.nz

Have you got a good idea to encourage people to stop smoking on hospital grounds? Share your idea with Counties Manukau Health and the Manukau Courier and you could win an iPad Mini. 

Less than a minute to read Nicholas Harvey

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