If you don’t smoke, don’t start
If you smoke, quit
If you don’t quit, change
The best choice is to quit tobacco and nicotine products altogether. For Canadians who need help to quit smoking or need tips on how to talk to their friends, colleagues, and loved ones on how to quit – we’ve compiled some resources to help you start the process of Unsmoking your world.
TIPS TO QUIT
Quitting smoking can be difficult, but with the right tools you can unsmoke your life.
Quitting is a very personal experience, and you are not alone. There is no one method that works for everyone. A good way to start is to get as much information as you can and decide on a plan that's right for you.
Many people who quit smoking do it without professional help, on their own or with the support of family and friends. Others quit with professional help, such as counselling, and some smokers quit by using a cessation aid.
This site is not intended to offer medical or psychological advice. We recommend you talk to your doctor, pharmacist or stop smoking service for professional guidance. Additionally, there are many valuable resources available online to help you find the best support in quitting.
Cutting nicotine and tobacco out of your life can be difficult, but with the right tools you can Unsmoke your life. Here are some tips that may help you quit.
SET A DATE TO QUIT.
PREPARE YOUR SURROUNDINGS.
TELL THE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE ABOUT YOUR GOAL.
KNOW YOUR TRIGGERS
MANAGING YOUR WITHDRAWALS
TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME
SUPPORTING A LOVED ONE WHO IS QUITTING
It’s important to remember that you cannot make a friend or loved one quit smoking cigarettes, or any other form of tobacco and nicotine. In order for effective and long-term change, the decision to quit has to be theirs. If they do decide to quit, you can be there to offer support and help facilitate the process.
First and foremost, talk to them about their plan to quit, their triggers and how they feel they might need your help. It is important to avoid judgement and negativity as they plan their smoke-free life.
You can help overcome cravings by encouraging them to pursue other activities with you or join them when they decide to take up a hobby to occupy their mind. In addition, you can help prepare their environment to be a tobacco, nicotine and smoke-free one by removing cigarettes, lighters, ashtrays and other smoking paraphernalia that might trigger or distract them as they embark on changing their life.
If a loved one relapses, don’t make them feel guilty. You can continue to offer support and celebrate the time that they went without tobacco and nicotine products and encourage them to continue their smoke-free journey.
There is a plethora of resources to help you on your journey to quit. Find helplines in your region below, connecting you with trained professionals ready to help you quit smoking cigarettes and all forms of tobacco and nicotine.