There are so many reasons to quit smoking—from looking after personal health, being a good role model, saving more money, and reducing environmental impact. But what are your reasons? This is an important question, as your answer is what will drive you forward and keep you motivated when the times get tough.
One of the keys to successfully quitting is preparation. Smoking cessation programs help smokers understand and cope with experiences while they are trying to quit. These programs teach problem-solving and other coping skills.
Many ex-smokers say quitting was the hardest thing they ever did. Yet millions of people have been able to do it—and you can, too! Here are some available resources:
- Walk or Run to Quit - Register by January 31st for this 10 week program that helps you quit by integrating regular exercise into your life.
- Find out what is covered under the BC Smoking Cessation Program
- Canadian Cancer Society's tools to help you quit smoking
- Health Canada’s resources for those On the Road to Quitting – Guides for Becoming a Non-Smoker
Resources for Employees with Extended Health Benefits:
- Homewood Health: Stop Smoking: Get your Life Back!
- Homewood Health - Smoking Cessation Program
- Manulife Benefit Booklets
Resources for Students:
Keep in mind that quitting smoking is like learning to ride a bicycle. Of course you’ll fall, but it’s more important to get up and back on your bike. That's how we learn, and the same logic applies to quitting smoking. Over time, you’ll find the right balance.