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Written by Elaine O'Connor

What’s your reason for going smoke-free?

29/05/2017 9:00:00 AM | 0 comments |
“My father died.” “I hated the smell.” “I wanted a family.” “I just wasn’t feeling well.”

We all have our reasons for quitting smoking. Whatever your reason, you’re not alone. Sixty-three per cent of daily smokers in Canada – that’s 1.7 million people – say they are considering quitting in the next six months, according to the latest Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey.

Everyone’s smoke-free journey starts with a reason. Here are some of the most common reasons former smokers gave us when we asked 150 people what inspired them to quit for good:
  • “I’m a nurse and I knew better.”
  • “I spent too much on cigarettes.”
  • “I knew the damage second-hand smoke had done to my kids.”
  • “I knew it was bad for my health.”
  • “I wanted to see my son grow up.”
  • “I hated being addicted.”
  • “I lost loved ones to lung cancer.”
What’s your reason? And, once you have it, what’s next? We can help you on your smoke-free journey.

There’s no question that quitting smoking is difficult. But it is doable. After all, each one of the 150 former smokers who shared their quit reasons with us achieved their goal of becoming smoke-free. You can too.

There is no better time to go smoke-free. Fraser Health supports a smoke-free environment at all of our sites. All of our buildings, properties and parking lots are covered by a Smoke-Free Policy to protect the health of our employees, patients, clients and visitors. Our policy covers commercial tobacco, e-cigarettes, smoking marijuana (medical or recreational) and other vapour products – their use is not permitted on our property.

We’ve gone smoke-free to better serve our communities. Research shows that smoke-free policies help smokers quit and reduce their temptation to smoke. It’s also a lot safer for our employees to work and easier for our patients to heal when they are not exposed to second-hand smoke.

Thinking about addressing your tobacco use? Here are some resources to help you:
  • Did you know that if you are an in-patient in one of our hospitals or facilities, we can provide you with nicotine replacement therapy such as nicotine patches, gum, lozenges or inhalers for the length of your stay? Ask one of your care providers to explain the options to you.
  • Did you know that after your discharge from hospital you can continue to access free nicotine replacement therapy through the B.C. Smoking Cessation Program? This program is open to all B.C. residents and provides your choice of nicotine replacement therapy products such as the patch, gum, lozenge or inhaler at no cost. Simply head to a drugstore and talk to a pharmacist to learn more. The program also covers prescription smoking cessation drugs for those who qualify for Fair PharmaCare. Speak with your family physician to see if prescription smoking cessation drugs are right for you.
  • Did you know that you can access free and confidential one-to-one coaching to stop smoking through QuitNow? QuitNow provides support through their interactive online service or through text, chat, email and phone support. They provide phone services in 300 languages, plus an online community of peers to cheer you along in your smoke-free journey. Visit Quitnow.ca or call 1-877-455-2233 to speak with a coach today.
  • Tobacco has played a sacred role in First Nations and Métis cultures in B.C. for thousands of years. Visit Respecting Tobacco and Keep It Sacred for more information on how to quit commercial tobacco and keep tobacco sacred.
  • Did you know you can learn more about smoking cessation on Fraserhealth.ca? Here you can find tips and tricks for stopping smoking, compare nicotine replacement therapies and read inspiring articles of others who have quit.
Share your own inspiration for quitting in the comments below and inspire someone else to achieve smoke-free success. Tell us: What’s your reason for going smoke-free?

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