Nicotine is the addictive substance in tobacco that is very powerful and results in both psychological and physiological needs. Dopamine is a chemical in the brain the results in feelings of pleasure, and is released when nicotine is consumed. Typically, as time progresses, an individual’s need for nicotine increases to produce the same levels of satisfaction, this is nicotine dependence (RNAO, 2007)
Quitting tobacco can be one of the hardest things to do, however one of the greatest ways to enhance quality of life. Studies indicate that it can take someone up to 30 attempts to quit tobacco successfully (OTRU, 2017). Quitting is a journey that involves changes in lifestyle, values, social circles, thinking and feeling patterns, and coping skills (RNAO, 2007). Support is available both locally and provincial/federally to clients and healthcare and social service providers, interested in tobacco cessation for themselves or their clients.
It takes multiple attempts to quit smoking. Don’t quit trying. Get tools and tips to help you quit at www.ontario.ca/quitsmoking.
- Free information and support by phone, online, and text messaging.
- Tips and tools to help you quit using tobacco.
- Professional, non-judgmental Quit Specialists.
Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario. (2007). Integrating Smoking Cessation into Daily Nursing Practice (Revised). Toronto, Canada: Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario.
The Ontario Tobacco Research Unit. (2017). Quitting Smoking in Ontario. Retrieved from http://otru.org/quitting-smoking-in-ontario/ March 13, 2017.
First Week Challenge Contest
First Week Challenge Contest (FWCC) is a provincial campaign that encourages tobacco uses to make a quit attempt for the first seven days of the month. Each month there are two draws and clients who stay tobacco free for those seven days have an opportunity to win $500. Research shows that people are nine times more likely to quit smoking for good if they quit for a week. Please visit FWCC for further information to register.
You Can Make it Happen
You Can Make It Happen is a website designed for healthcare providers to access resources and information on best practices related to tobacco use. All clients should be screened using the 5 A's and offered appropriate resources based on their stage of change.
Pregnets – Prevention of Gestational and Neonatal Exposure to Tobacco Smoke (PREGNETS) provides information, resources and support to healthcare providers.
Grey Bruce Community of Practice for Tobacco Cessation