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									Hard, yes. Impossible, No. You can quit smoking with a little help!
Programs and Tips to Help you Quit

PROGRAMS TO HELP YOU QUIT
QuitNow – Click or Call Click
Visit www.quitnow.ca or call toll-free 1-877-455-2233. The web site features tips and expert advice, email reminders, and even online chat rooms where you can connect with others who are also quitting. For more information go to www.quitnow.ca and click on "enter as a guest". The toll-free number puts you in touch with personalized, confidential, over-the-phone specialists who can help you with the quitting process, provide information, or assist callers who are helping someone else quit smoking. Available 24/7 with translation services in 130 languages. Call toll-free 1-877-455-2233.

Kick the Nic
• Kick the Nic is a group tobacco cessation program for teens, offered in several schools across Interior Health. This resource may be ordered from the Centre or Addictions Research (BC) (www.carbc.ca). For more information contact the Interior Health Tobacco Reduction Program: TobaccoReductionProgram@interiorhealth.ca

STOP SMOKING TIPS
• Make a plan that works for you; remember the most important person to quit for, is you! Use QuitNow Click or Call Decide how you want to quit. Do you want to: Quit cold turkey? Cut back a cigarette a day until you are no longer smoking? Not have your first cigarette until ½ hr later each day until you’re no longer smoking?
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Decide if you want to use nicotine replacement – the patch, gum, or inhaler. Using nicotine replacement increases your chance of success dramatically. Talk with your Pharmacist or Doctor.

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Decide if you would like to use Champix (Varenicline) or Zyban (Bupropion). Champix is a new drug which is showing some very promising results. These medications are prescription drugs but have no nicotine and have helped many people quit. If you’re interested, visit your Doctor to see if it is suitable for you. Decide how you are going to reward yourself for no longer smoking. Cigarettes cost a lot of money – about $3000 a year for a pack-a-day! Do something special for yourself with the money you no longer spend on cigarettes. Decide who will be most supportive of you. Most people struggle with quitting. Having friends and/or family who support you is likely to be key to your success. If you get the urge, simply call “QuitNow” at 1-877-455-2233 to talk to someone who can help – any time, day or night. Many tobacco users have tried to quit before. Rather than thinking of these as failures, think about what worked and what didn’t. What did you learn about yourself and your tobacco addiction? Past experiences are real learning opportunities! Remember the first few days are often the most difficult. Be good to yourself – this is hard work! It may help to say, “I choose not to smoke” rather than “I quit smoking”. When you have a “Nic-Fit” – try the 4 D’s - Delay, Deep Breathe, Drink Water, Do Something Else. Nic-Fits won’t last forever – you can get through it! Make a list of all the reasons you would like to quit smoking. What are your reasons health, money, embarrassment, your families’ health, the smell, or some thing else? Keep them handy or in a place where you can see them everyday. Think about what your concerns are about stopping smoking. Are you concerned about failing, being grumpy, weight gain, or other reasons? List them, then list possible solutions to help you work through these. You can do it! Think about what triggers you to want to smoke? A cup of coffee, being around smokers, feeling stressed, being on the phone, having a drink of alcohol? Develop your plan for those situations. Many people find for the first while, they are best to try to avoid these situations. If you’re not yet ready to quit, think, “What would it take to make me ready to think about quitting?” “Never give up!” Remember many people take several tries to be successful at stopping smoking. If you find yourself smoking again, learn from the slip and make a new plan.

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