Friday, June 2, 2023

Finding Support on Your Journey to Quit Smoking

If you are thinking about quitting smoking or vaping, you are not alone. Many people want to break free from tobacco addiction and start a healthier life. But quitting can be hard, especially if you try to do it on your own. That's why it's important to find support and resources that can help you on your journey to quit smoking.

There are many types of support available for people who want to quit smoking, such as:

- Counselling and support groups: Talking to a professional counsellor or joining a group of people who are also trying to quit can help you cope with the challenges and emotions of quitting. You can find counselling and support groups in your community, online, or by phone. For example, you can contact your local public health unit, visit Health811 online or call 811, or visit the Smokers’ Helpline website to register for online programs and text-message support.

- Quit-smoking programs: These are programs that offer a structured plan and guidance to help you quit smoking. They may include nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), medication, behavioural therapy, or a combination of these methods. You can ask your doctor about quit-smoking programs that are suitable for you, or check out the programs available in your area through the Canadian Cancer Society.

- Family and friends: Having the support of your loved ones can make a big difference in your quit journey. They can encourage you, distract you from cravings, celebrate your achievements, and help you cope with stress. You can also ask them to avoid smoking around you or join you in quitting. If you want to help someone quit smoking, you can find tips on how to support them on the Smokefree website.

Finding support on your journey to quit smoking can increase your chances of success and make the process easier and more enjoyable. You don't have to quit alone. Many people and resources can help you along the way. Remember, quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health and well-being. You deserve it!

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