You are not alone
Quitting smoking, also called smoking cessation, is one of the best things you can do for your health, not to mention the health of other people around you.
- You will be healthier and probably live longer
- The people around you, especially children, will be healthier without second-hand smoke
- You will have more energy and breathe more easily
- You will lower your risk of heart attack, stroke, and cancer
It's not always easy. Quitting tobacco is not based on personality or willpower. People who are successful at quitting are the ones who have a plan and who find things to do instead of smoking. There are medications to help you quit, but they only help with the physical addiction to nicotine. Quitting the social part or the "habit" is also an important part of successfully quitting.
NorWest Community Health Centres (NWCHC) provides help and support for registered clients who want to quit or decrease smoking. NWCHC follows the "Moving On to Being Free: 5-Step Smoking Cessation Program", which is designed to give you that plan and improve your chances of quitting. This client-focused approach provides support from the program so that you don't have to feel like you are quitting alone.
As part of the smoking cessation program, you are invited to participate in a research study being used to help improve smoking cessation programs for NW Ontario. The study is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care under the direction of Dr. Patricia Smith, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Lakehead University.
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