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Group offers to help smokers to quit

The Salvation Army is offering free support services for people suffering from addiction issues, including smoking.

So says Partnership Development Manager and Alcohol and Drug Clinician for Salvation Army, Natalia Senio, during an an interview with the Samoa Observer.

She said that their organisation provides nicotine replacement therapy which comes in the form of patches, chewing gum or a lolly.

According to statistics by the Salvation Army, there were 91 referrals from Court on tobacco from the period of August 2018-February 2020.

Ms. Senio said they have services that could help people.

“It is for those who would like to stop smoking but they don’t know how,” she said, adding that they basically replace their cigarettes with chewing gum that has nicotine in it but helps them stop.

“We eventually reduce the amount of gum we use till they get to a point where they stop completely," she said. “We are only providing this to people who have access to our programme because the products are from New Zealand."

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