January 20, 2014 – According to the World Health Organization, every eight
seconds, someone dies from a tobacco-related illness. In Canada, January
20 - 25, 2014 is National Non-Smoking Week, a week designed to raise
awareness about the effects of tobacco use in order to help prevent smoking and
to help smokers quit.
Despite the negative impact on health, it is clear that nicotine has a firm
grip on those who use it.In
2012 roughly1,750,000 Ontarians age 15+ reported smoking on a daily basis. Dr.
Peter Selby, Chief of Addictions at CAMH is available to discuss tobacco
addiction, smoking cessation, policy, research and treatment. This Weedless
Wednesday, Dr. Selby will mark a milestone: 100,000 Ontario smokers have
benefited from free smoking cessation supports through the STOP
about quitting smoking? Here are some tips to get you started·
- Set a target date when you will make a quit attempt.
Make your home
smoke-free before you quit. If you go outside to smoke, it will help you
start changing some of your routines. This is an important first step in
changing any behavior.
Make your vehicle
smoke- free. This might be an important part of your smoking routine.
triggers. What makes you want to light up? Your morning coffee? After a
meal? Smoke breaks? Alcohol? Make a list of the most common triggers.
triggers or reminders of smoking from your home by removing ashtrays,
lighters, and matches.
Do you work with
someone who smokes? How will you plan your day if you usually take ‘smoke
breaks’ with them?
Change your daily
routine. This strategy helps to reduce and even eliminate some of your
daily smoking triggers.
that will replace your smoking: exercise, knitting, or other activities
you can do with your hands.
throughout your quit journey. Build incentives into your quit plan
and take some time to recognize even the small changes you may make that
move you one step closer to your goal of quitting.
Get medications such
as nicotine replacement therapy or prescription medication such as
bupropion or varenicline since they increase your chances of quitting
If you are in Toronto, the CAMH
Nicotine Dependence Clinic can help you with a personalized treatment plan
to increase your chances of quitting smoking. Please call(416) 535-8501 x
for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health
and addiction teaching hospital, and one
of the world's leading research centres in its field. CAMH combines clinical
care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help
transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction. CAMH is
fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American
Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. For more
information, please visit www.camh.ca.
Media Contact: Kate Richards, CAMH Media Relations, 416-595-6015
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