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Sharing stories of living with smoking related diseases to inspire others to quit

Feb 01, 2017
SIMCOE MUSKOKA—You may not want to be reminded of the nasty health effects of smoking, but the real life stories and pictures of people living with them may be what motivates you to try quitting.
SIMCOE MUSKOKA—You may not want to be reminded of the nasty health effects of smoking, but the real life stories and pictures of people living with them may be what motivates you to try quitting.

Findings from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s Tips From Former Smokers Campaign, showing impressive increases in calls to quit lines and the national smokefree.gov website, are serving as the model for a quit smoking education campaign now underway at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

“It is estimated that for every person who dies from tobacco use, some 30 others will live with devastating health effects ranging from respiratory diseases like COPD—which makes breathing difficult—to strokes, heart disease, vision loss, diabetes complications and worsened rheumatoid arthritis,” said Leslie Gordon, tobacco-free living co-ordinator with the health unit.

“We are reaching out to people in the community who are living with these conditions and asking them to share their stories for our new Facebook page Tobacco-Free Chatter. We know it will help others to take action and complement other posts that share options for support whether a person wants to quit on their own or with counselling and nicotine replacement therapies.”

The page also provides a forum for community members to tell their stories of successful quitting, tips for dealing with cravings, pitfalls to avoid, words of inspiration and the heartbreak felt from losing someone to tobacco.

“We have talked to many people in the community and have heard some really great stories from people who thought they would never be able to quit and who now are an inspiration to family and friends.”

To complement the SMDHU Facebook page, a twitter feed @TFChatter is now live and residents, community groups and healthcare providers are invited to follow it and share messages and supports that encourage people to quit now.

For help starting your journey to become smoke free, call Health Connection weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 or visit the tobacco section on the website simcoemuskokahealth.org.

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Testimonials, memes and more raise awareness of the #tobaccotradeoff that goes with smoking on the Tobacco-Free Chatter Facebook page and @TFChatter twitter feed.

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