Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your health. This National Non-Smoking Week, The Canadian Lung Association encourages people who want to quit to talk to a doctor or health-care professional to get support on their quit journey.
• Increase your chances of quitting and staying quit by getting support from a health-care professional or a smoking cessation counselor.
• Get individual counseling by phone or in person with a health-care professional.
• Join a support group. Research shows that people in quit-smoking support groups are more likely to quit.
• Contact your local Lung Association to find support in your area.
Here are some tips to help start the conversation with your health-care provider:
• Your doctor and/or quit counsellor want to help you improve your health. Feeling awkward or embarrassed about talking to them is natural but remember that they are on your team.
• Tell him/her that you are thinking of quitting smoking and why.
• Ask about nicotine replacement therapies and other prescription medications that might be right for you.
• Work with your health-care professional/smoking cessation counselor to develop a quit plan for you.
• Ask if he or she knows of any more resources in your community.
Celebrate your success!
If you have quit, celebrate your success and give yourself credit! Tell people how long you’ve quit for. It's a major achievement and you should be proud.
About the Canadian Lung Association
Established in 1900, The Lung Association is one of Canada’s oldest and most respected health charities, and the leading national organization for science-based information, research, education, support programs and advocacy on lung heath issues.
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