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Smoking Cessation

Smoking Cessation

Smoking is a serious risk factor for many diseases, and it is one of leading causes of illness in the world – and it’s preventable!

 

Risks of Smoking

  • Cardiovascular Disease – Heart attack, stroke, blood clots, high blood pressure, kidney failure, dementia
  • Cancer – Lung, mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, ovary, pancreas, and kidney
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – Emphysema, chronic bronchitis – causing shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, phlegm, lung dysfunction, need for oxygen, respiratory failure and death
  • Asthma – Worsens asthma, prevents asthma control, causes more flare-ups, causes shortness of breath, coughing, phlegm, and wheezing, reduced endurance
  • Allergies – Worsens allergy symptoms like coughing, sneezing, wheezing, itchy eyes, and rashes
  • Infections – Increases the risk of respiratory tract infections, sinusitis, and dental cavities.  It impairs your immune system when fighting infections or diseases.
  • Impotence – Reduces the blood flow to vessels needed for normal sexual function
  • Macular Degeneration – Increases the risk of developing this condition causing blindness
  • Pregnancy – Increases the risk of miscarriage, premature delivery, low birth weight, and having a child with a respiratory problem.  It reduces that amount of oxygen to the baby, and allows toxins to reach the baby.
  • Stomach Ulcers – Increases the risk of developing a dangerous stomach ulcer that can bleed, causing low blood levels (anemia)
  • Bad Breath – Alters the bacteria in your mouth and digestive system, causing mucous, phlegm, and bad breath
  • Second Hand Smoke – Affects those around you.  Even the smell of smoke on your clothing can cause health problems for your friends, family, and co-workers

 

There are several resources available to help you quit smoking.

The key is to develop a plan with your Physician and learn about options that are right for you.

 

Smoking Cessation Resources

Smokers Helpline – On-line program, phone and text support, handout, resources

Referral Form Smokers Helpline Program

Smokers Helpline Fact Sheet

Information Booklet – For Smokers who don’t want to quit

Information Booklet – For Smokers who want to quit

Information Booklet – Help a smoker quit

Peel Health

Smoke Free Peel Region

Canadian Cancer Society

 

Some Tips to Help You Quit

  • review the resources available to quit
  • develop a plan to quit with your Physician
  • make a list of the top 10 reasons you want to quit, and post it where you will see it
  • chose a quit date that has some significance, like a birthday, anniversary, pay day etc
  • throw out everything related to smoking, including ash trays, lighters, matches, and cigarettes.  No secret stash!
  • add the money you would normally spend on smoking to a jar on your desk, so you can see how much you are saving by not smoking
  • buy yourself something with the money you save by not smoking
  • change your routines when you smoke, for example in the car, at work, on breaks
  • replace smoking with another more positive behaviour, like eating a healthy snack, getting fresh air, exercising, etc
  • plan for cravings – they will happen, so have a backup plan like chewing gum, using toothpicks, candies, veggie snacks, artificial cigarettes (water vapour)
  • avoid other stimulants like caffeine and alcohol and sugar that may stimulate your urge to smoke
  • get plenty of exercise
  • designate some smoke free places, like your home or car
  • work on stress reduction – through exercise, hobbies and stress outlets
  • ask others not to smoke around you
  • avoid places, people, and situations where smoking occurs
  • ask for support from a friend or family member
  • quit smoking together with someone else, and support each other