Quitting tobacco can be one of the hardest things to do, however it is also one of the greatest ways to help prevent disease and death.
Studies indicate that it can take someone up to 30 attempts to quit tobacco successfully (OTRU, 2017). Each attempt teaches you something new about yourself and how to be successful in the future. Quitting is a journey that involves changes in your lifestyle, values, social circles, behaviours, and coping skills (RNAO, 2007). As it takes multiple attempts to quit smoking, don’t quit trying. Get tools and tips to help you quit!
Note that there is limited evidence to support vaping as a quitting strategy. There are no vaping products in Canada that are approved as cessation products and this means they cannot be marketed as a quitting aid at this time.
Building a plan is very important to help you be successful in quitting. To get started, watch these videos to learn how to build a quitting plan, set goals and deal with cravings. If you decide that medications will be part of your plan to quit, you can find out more about prescription medications and about Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) like patches, inhalers, gum and lozenges. These products Also, check out the videos about Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and how to properly use these products.
Once you are ready to make a plan, check out the supports to help you quit below. Counselling along with quitting medications have shown to increase success. You can pick and choose what support will work best for you. The Lung association’s journey 2 quit booklet can support you as you explore why you want to quit and how to get ready for quitting. If you would like a paper copy, call the Grey Bruce Health Unit at 519-376-9420 ext. 7.
How to Quit Smoking – Making a Plan
Setting SMART Goals
Quitting Smoking is a Journey
How Nicotine affects the brain - How Nicotine Replacement Therapy can help with withdrawal
The four Ds of Quitting Smoking
How to Use a Nicotine Patch
How to Use Nicotine Gum
How to Use Nicotine Inhalers
How to Use Nicotine Mouth Spray
Once you have started your Quit Plan, you can pick and choose what support will work best for you. Is it talking and checking in with a quit coach? Is it joining an online forum? Using an app or texting service? Would you like to use quitting medications to help you? You may want to try out several types of support as part of your plan.
Check out the resources below to support you on your journey:
Phone, text and online support:
Health Connect Ontario call 811 for support to help you quit smoking. This service provides free, confidential phone support with a quit coach.
Smoker’s Helpline provides support and strategies shown to increase success in quitting smoking or vaping.
Talk Tobacco provides culturally tailored support and information about quitting smoking or vaping
Lung Health Line has certified respiratory educators available to offer free information and guidance on a variety of lung health concerns including breathing conditions, smoking cessation counselling and more. Call 1-888-344-LUNG (5864) Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.
My Change Plan App on the Apple App store or Google Play Store
The Quash App on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store
Stop Vaping Challenge App on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store
People who smoke can greatly increase their chances of quitting by combining medications with personalized support from their healthcare provider, Smoker’s Helpline, Talk Tobacco or other helpful services.
Family Health Teams/CHC’s in Grey Bruce:
The STOP program is offered by many FHT’s and CHC’s. Some may offer support to people who are not rostered clients. The program offers quitting support and up to 26 weeks of nicotine replacement therapy:
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.
The majority of people who smoke want to quit and are making quit attempts.
In order to support tobacco users in quit attempts, we need an integrated and comprehensive approach to tobacco cessation in our community. By working together we can increase the reach of cessation interventions within Grey-Bruce and work towards removing the gaps that exist in our local cessation services and programs.
Together – WE can make a difference!
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About the Grey Bruce Community of Practice for Tobacco Cessation
A “Community of Practice” (CoP) is a group of individuals brought together by a common passion or interest for what they do.
The purpose of the Grey Bruce Tobacco Cessation Community of Practice is to improve access to comprehensive cessation programs for those living within Grey-Bruce by:
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