Healthy Living in the North

What are your reasons to quit?

Do you smoke cigarettes or chew tobacco? Everyone knows that smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco is bad for your health. Are you wishing that you never started? Do you hope that your kids never start?

You are probably planning to quit someday. Why not make it today!

Do you like top 10 lists? Write your own reasons to quit or, if you need to be inspired, here are 10 reasons to quit smoking now:

  1. My health will improve within eight hours of my last cigarette.
  2. I can stop worrying about how smoking is hurting my health. I will lower my chances of getting cancer, heart disease, lung disease and other disabling diseases. I will also look younger.
  3. It’s cold outside. I won’t have to go outside in nasty weather to smoke or buy cigarettes.
  4. I will save money!
  5. My clothes, house and car won’t smell like smoke.
  6. I won’t have to live with the constant cravings to smoke or chew once I have quit.
  7. I will feel more in control of my life.

    There are many resources available for you to quit smoking today!

  8. Smoking isn’t cool anymore.
  9. I will no longer expose my friends and family to the harmful effects of second hand smoke.
  10. I will help prevent my kids from getting addicted to cigarettes or chewing tobacco.

Want more information about quitting smoking?

Visit or call HealthLink 8-1-1 for free self-directed programs and many helpful tools and resources. Get free counselling by phone, text or email.

You can access free nicotine patches, gum, lozenges or inhalers through the BC Smoking Cessation Program by visiting your pharmacist. You may be eligible for prescription smoking cessation drugs at reduced cost.

Quitting smoking or chewing tobacco is the best thing you can do for your health.

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.


Tales from the Man Cave: Time for Dad to quit tobacco

top ten reasons to quit tobaccoHey guys, picture this: your partner is pregnant for the first time. This new phase in your life is different, somewhat scary, but also very exciting. Now is the time to ride that wave of change and add to it a real commitment to stop using tobacco for the sake of your family.

Here are my top ten reasons you should quit using tobacco. Let’s get the first one out of the way as it’s not always that helpful.

  1. Guilt! There I said it. Don’t feel guilty, just quit.
  2. Your baby’s health. If you quit then baby won’t have to be handled by a smoker, whose clothes are covered by the residue of those thousands of chemicals from tobacco smoke. The house will be much fresher and the baby won’t have to be exposed to second hand smoke. There is no safe level of second hand smoke.
  3. Money. Boy you sure need some extra cash now. Just think of the money you would save if you broke this addiction. Add it up for 10-20 years and that’s a very good college fund.
  4. Support your partner. Are they quitting now too due to the pregnancy? It is difficult to quit during pregnancy and they need all the help they can get.
  5. Keep yourself healthy so you’ll be there when the kid graduates. You have to have a long-term plan with children. You need to be there when their children come along. So now is the time to do it for you and them.
  6. Set a good example. You don’t want your children to start smoking as teenagers or young adults.
  7. It sucks when you’re addicted.
  8. People don’t like it these days and it’s becoming less sociable.
  9. Your breath and clothes will be fresher you will feel healthier right away.
  10. Help is there. Many other people are quitting and it’s easier to get help than ever before. Visit or call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 for resources to help you quit.

It’s a difficult addiction for sure but you can do it. You can make the change, reduce the guilt and stress, and be a successful non-tobacco user.

Be a healthier dad.

Jim Coyle

About Jim Coyle

Jim is a tobacco reduction coordinator with the men’s health program, and has a background in psychiatry and care of the elderly. In former times, Jim was director of care at Simon Fraser Lodge and clinical coordinator at the Brain Injury Group. He came to Canada from Glasgow, Scotland 20 years ago and, when not at work, Jim plays in the band Out of Alba and spends time with his family.