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New year, new supports to make a break with tobacco

Jan 13, 2015
Thinking it’s time to quit smoking? Congratulations; you’ve made the first important step towards becoming smoke free.

Note: National Non-Smoking Week is Jan.18-24

Thinking it’s time to quit smoking? Congratulations; you’ve made the first important step towards becoming smoke free.

But what’s next? With National Non-Smoking Week just around the corner (Jan.18-24), the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit offers these tips and supports to help you break it off with tobacco.

Join a new group
Leave the Pack Behind, a virtual support group for the 18–29-year-old crowd is hosting “Would U Rather”, an online contest that offers cash prizes for cutting down, partying without the smoke, quitting or staying tobacco free. The group will also mail you free nicotine replacement therapy to help deal with cravings. Register online at

Come to a free STOP workshop
The health unit is hosting free, three-hour workshops in local communities to provide you with tools to help you quit successfully. You will also get a free five-week supply of the nicotine patch and counselling to increase your chances for success. Call Health Connection at 1-877-721-7520 for dates and times or visit the website at

Quit and Win

Enter the 2015 Driven to Quit challenge at The annual challenge provides a chance to win a new car as an incentive to help you set a quit date and stay tobacco free for the month of March. Sign up a buddy to support you and you’ll get a second ballot for the draw.  

Ask for help

Stop smoking medications are available that can help you manage your cravings. Talk to your pharmacist, doctor, or healthcare provider and don’t forget you can call Smokers’ Helpline to get one-to-one telephone or online support at 1-877-513-5333.

Believe you can do it

Take it one day at a time. Change up your routine. Get out and get active to help you stay positive. If you do happen to slip, don’t get down on yourself, and don’t quit quitting. You can do it with practice and support.

Want more healthy ideas?

Visit the health unit website for more ideas and follow us on twitter @SMDhealthunit and Facebook.


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