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Handy Resources to Quit Smoking

December 14, 2012 by Shelley Canitz

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Handy Resources to Quit Smoking

Do you want to quit smoking?

Maybe you have a friend who wishes they could spend their money on something other than cigarettes. Perhaps you’re worried about a spouse who goes through a lot of tobacco in a day.

Here are some important resources that you should be aware of.

Quitting smoking can be one of the toughest things a person does. It’s key to know what to do and where to go for help. Health Canada has made it a bit easier for everyone. As of June 2012, all cigarette packages sold in Canada have a toll-free quitline number and website clearly printed on them. All someone has to do is look at the package in their hand and voila - the number and website is there. Meantime, BC residents can call 8-1-1 to be connected to a smoking cessation coach or visit for online support. 

All resources are free and available 24 hours a day. So, after the kids are in bed or when you get home from a night shift, there’s help.

Have you seen the information on the packages? Have you called the free numbers or checked out the websites?

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Posted on Friday December 14, 2012 a 1:55pm

The workplace can also be a place that supports the challenging process of quitting smoking. If you want to support a co-worker who is trying to quit smoking, here are a few tips:

-Ask how you can help. Make yourself available as much as possible, especially during the first few days. Keep in regular contact to offer support and encouragement.
-Be patient. Most people who quit smoking experience physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms usually peak within 48 hours, but might last as long as four weeks. Be especially understanding during this time.
-Offer practical support. Quitting can be very stressful. Offer to help minimize other pressures by helping with difficult work situations.
-Celebrate success. Help mark significant milestones such as three days, one week, or one month of being smoke-free. Send a note of congratulations, take them out to lunch, send flowers.
-Reinforce the benefits of staying smoke-free. Encourage your friend to use the money they have saved to purchase something special. Celebrate the health benefits by participating in a charity walk or run. The workplace can also be a place that supports the challenging process of quitting smoking.

To learn more about how to make your workplace a supportive environment for those who are trying to quit and other ways you can make your workplace healthier, check out the WellnessFits program ( WellnessFits, a partnership of the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon and the Province of British Columbia’s Healthy Families BC initiative, offers businesses and organizations the resources and support they need to create healthy workplace programs. Check it out and share it with your Human Resources department or senior management team.

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Posted on Tuesday December 18, 2012 a 9:08am

It's great to see workplaces help employees to get healthier - lots of opportunities for support and action! Wellness Fits is an excellent program - employers can also see tools available at Shelley Canitz


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