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A good quit-smoking program can help a person quit smoking by providing support and encouragement. Programs are available for you to attend in-person, by telephone, or online (on the Internet). Look for a program that is led by someone who has had training in helping people quit smoking.
Better in-person smoking cessation programs:
Telephone-based quit-smoking programs link callers to trained counsellors. These counsellors can help you put together a quit plan that is tailored to how you smoke, and they can also help you avoid common problems. This resource is available free of cost in all provinces. Talk with your doctor or visit the Smokers' Helpline (www.smokershelpline.ca) website for more information.
Online quit-smoking programs may work for you if your schedule doesn't allow you to attend in-person programs. There are many programs, such as the one at www.smokefree.gov, that offer programs and resources to help you quit smoking.
A text messaging program, like the one provided by Smokers' Helpline (www.smokershelpline.ca), can also be helpful.
Your local health unit or provincial lung association can recommend a program in your area.
Change your quit date to match the program date. In many communities, programs are only offered 2 to 3 times a year. Keep this in mind as you plan your time line for quitting.
Avoid any program that promises to make quitting easy or that sounds like it has the only answer or a "secret" method that works better than any other method. There are no "magic bullets."
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Current as ofSeptember 26, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family MedicineBrian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineJohn R. Hughes, MD - Addiction PsychiatryChristine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
Current as of: September 26, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & John R. Hughes, MD - Addiction Psychiatry & Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
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