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Quitting Smoking

For most smokers, quitting smoking is the single best thing they can do to improve the length and quality of their lives. Some health benefits happen right away while others occur the longer you stay smoke-free. Begin by creating a personal plan.

Quitting smoking can be a difficult process.

  • On average, it takes five to seven tries before quitting for good
  • Every attempt increases the chances of success

Quitting is very personal. Not all people quit the same way and each attempt is different from the last. Visit Quit Stories to get advice from local people sharing why and how they gave up the habit for good.

Start your quit with Stop on the Road

York Region Public Health hosts the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (STOP) on the Road program, which provides nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) at local community workshops for Ontarians who wish to quit smoking.

Public Health Nurses offer workshop participants five weeks of NRT patches at no cost and helpful information on quitting smoking. Pre-registration is required to make sure you are eligible and space is limited. Those interested in participating may call 1-877-464-9675 ext. 73052.

Workshops are offered the first week of every month.

Upcoming workshop for 2018:

Date Time and Location
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Newmarket

To learn more about STOP on the Road and find workshops throughout Ontario, visit stopstudy.ca

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Information for Health Professionals

Currently, over 50 per cent of all smokers are considering quitting within the next six months.

Brief interventions by health professionals are considered best practice and can improve the chance patients quitting.

Use “The Five A’s”

It only takes three to five minutes to:

Ask about tobacco use.

  • If your patient uses tobacco, ask about whether they have thought about or are currently thinking about quitting

Advise patients that not using tobacco is the most important thing they can do to improve or maintain their health.

  • Talk to the patient about the health benefits of quitting in the short, medium and long term
  • Recommend developing a quit plan and setting a quit date

Assess how ready the patient is to quit smoking.

  • Find out how the patient feels about the idea of quitting
  • Ask the patient how important quitting is to them
  • Ask the patient how confident they are about trying to quit

Assist patients in their decision to quit.

  • Offer support and tips for quitting
  • Ask your patient to consider nicotine replacement therapy or medication, if appropriate

Arrange for follow-up and/or refer to Smokers’ Helpline (1-877-513-5333) for additional counselling and support.

Measuring Success

Quit rates are not the only measure of success in stop-smoking interventions.

The process of quitting is significant.

Slips and relapses are normal.

Success is:

  • Patients reflecting on why they smoke, their health and the health of those around them
  • Making a quit plan
  • Cutting down to quit (gradually reducing smoking or tobacco use before stopping)
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