Healthy Living in the North

World No Tobacco Day: five facts you need to know

May 31st is World No Tobacco Day! Interested in learning how quitting commercial tobacco can improve your health? Check out these five facts:

  1. Quitting improves your health right away. If you quit smoking or chewing commercial tobacco, your health will improve right away! Your heart and lungs will be healthier within 24 hours of your last cigarette and your body will be stronger. You will reduce the chance of having a heart attack and developing lung disease.
  2. Quitting for one day could win you $250. Not quite ready to quit? Maybe commit to quitting for a day. You could stop smoking or chewing tobacco for one day and enter to win the $250 cash prize. On June 5th and the first Tuesday of every month you can enter to win at Tobacco Free Tuesdays!

    Quitting pays off! Enter to win a $250 cash prize on the first Tuesday of every month at QuitNow.ca.

  3. Food will taste better. Food will taste better and you will feel more energetic. You may be interested in developing a healthier lifestyle with better food choices and exercise. Check out the Northern Health Matters blog for healthy ideas!
  4. Physical activity will help you manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms. You may have tried to quit before and had difficulty dealing with the urge to smoke. Physical activity will help you manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
  5. Free support is available. Nicotine patches, gum, lozenges or inhalers can also help reduce withdrawal. You can access 12 weeks of nicotine products through the BC Smoking Cessation Program. Talk to your pharmacist to get your first 4 weeks. You can also access free counselling through QuitNow services by phone, text, or email. Check out QuitNow.ca for resources and an on-line community.
Nancy Viney

About Nancy Viney

Nancy is a registered nurse working in Northern Health’s population health team. She often imagines a day when no one in northern British Columbia suffers from the harmful effects of tobacco. In her time off, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially her two little grandchildren! Nancy also enjoys quilting, knitting, crocheting and many other home spun crafts.

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Quit smoking with Tobacco Free Tuesdays

Tobacco Free Tuesdays

Take the Tobacco Free Tuesday challenge to quit and win!

If you’re a tobacco user and are thinking about quitting, make Tuesday, March 5 your next Tobacco Free day!

QuitNow is offering a contest to encourage you to quit for 24 hours on the first Tuesday of the month. Many people have quit smoking and you can too!

I have been providing tobacco cessation counselling for over 10 years and I know that most tobacco users want to quit but sometimes have a difficult time committing to never using tobacco again. It usually takes several quit attempts to escape the addictive grip of smoking or chewing tobacco. This contest encourages current smokers and ex-smokers to remain tobacco free for 24 hours. It’s kind of like a test run to build confidence and learn about quitting.

If you can stay quit for 24 hours, maybe you will plan a permanent quit. QuitNow.ca has tons of information and resources to help you stay quit.

If you are a smoker or ex-smoker, enter by 11:59p.m. on March 5 to be eligible for one of five prizes. Complete the registration form online or phone QuitNow services at 1-877-455-2233.There are five prizes awarded each month.

If you use tobacco and would like to quit, why not give it try? If you don’t use tobacco, tell someone who does about the contest. We encourage everyone living in the north to have a role in a tobacco-free community!

Did you know that free nicotine patches and free nicotine gum are available through the BC Smoking Cessation Program for all British Columbians? Simply call Health Link BC at 8-1-1 to get these free products. For more information about this program, visit the Ministry of Health website.

And remember March 5, 2013 – make it your Tobacco Free Tuesday!

Nancy Viney

About Nancy Viney

Nancy is a registered nurse working in Northern Health’s population health team. She often imagines a day when no one in northern British Columbia suffers from the harmful effects of tobacco. In her time off, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially her two little grandchildren! Nancy also enjoys quilting, knitting, crocheting and many other home spun crafts.

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