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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Top 5 Quit Tips: Simple, Effective Quit Tips to Overcome a Complex, Deadly Addiction to Tobacco


Guest post by Mary Lynn Pender, Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Lung Association Smokers’ Helpline I’ve been helping people quit smoking for 11 years. Through hearing the stories, struggles and successes of people who are working on overcoming tobacco addiction, helpline counselors (also known as quit coaches) have learned a great deal about the different approaches to quitting and what strategies seem to be most effective. Unfortunately there’s no magic answer that works for everyone. However, here are five key strategies to help you quit: 1. Get motivated. Consider personal reasons for making this change. Whether it’s to reduce their

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Philip’s Story: If only I could do my life over

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Guest blog by Philip (Tsui-Wing) Choi (1955 – 2015). If I could come back in another life, I know I would never start smoking… never, ever. I was born in 1955 in China. When I was 19 my sister and I moved to England to study English. This is where I also learned to smoke. All of my friends were smoking and I thought it would make me look more adult and cool if I smoked too. I also heard that smoking could make you feel more confident and creative so I tried it. At first I didn’t like it,

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BC townhome buyer gives up on purchasing new home to avoid living next door to a smoker

Valerie Maundrell, South Surrey, BC

“I was determined not to live next to a smoker,” said Valerie Maundrell, a homeowner in South Surrey, BC, “so much so that my husband and I let go of an accepted offer on a beautiful new townhome when we found out a smoker lived next door.” Maundrell does not suffer from a breathing condition, nor has she any young children with young lungs to protect; she simply wants to live to healthy life. For her that includes minimizing exposure to harmful second-hand smoke. “My husband and I ended up buying a pre-construction townhome and crossed our fingers that our

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Smoking in the home can lower resale value and make it more difficult to sell

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BC smokers now have another reason to quit according to a new survey of British Columbia REALTORS® released today by the BC Lung Association and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  According to survey findings, owners who smoke in the home and want to sell, might not only have a harder time selling, but are also likely to get less money from the sale. “Our survey findings suggest that in addition to undermining health, homeowners who smoke are burning a hole in their pocketbook,” said Scott McDonald, CEO of the BC Lung Association. Seventy six per cent of British Columbia REALTORS®

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Are you sure your family is safe from the radon-related risk of lung cancer?


Did you know that indoor radon exposure is responsible for up to 55 percent of our lifetime radiation exposure? That’s not great news considering radon exposure is responsible for as many as 3,000 lung cancer deaths in Canada each year. That’s more deaths per year than is caused by vehicle accidents. And that’s 3,000 deaths that could have been saved. We all want to live and work in safe and healthy spaces – it’s where we spend the majority of our time and want to feel safe. That’s why we’re working hard to raise awareness of the dangers of indoor

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Take Action on Asthma

Asthma, common yet serious. Do you know a child with asthma?  Chances are you do.  As many as 1 in five Canadian children have asthma.  It is a disease that is common, but all too often the seriousness of the disease is not realized.  Asthma is the leading cause of hospital admissions among children and also one of the leading causes of school absences. Unfortunately asthma can also be deadly. 235 Canadians died from asthma in 2011 (1). Mike and Sheri (Lung Association of Saskatchewan Asthma Ambassadors) tragically lost their wonderful son, Emerson, in December 2013 at the age of

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Our Tobacco Free Tuesday Winner: Jennifer Kitt


Jennifer Kitt from Salmon Arm “Your Tobacco Free Tuesday contest helped give me that final push and that final extra reason to quit and I’m so thankful that I took part in the challenge!” Jennifer’s Quit Story: What made you decide to quit? “I’ve been wanting to quit for a long time, like most people, but the extra push right now came because we’re really wanting to move and the renovation costs were crazy.  Quitting smoking would allow us to easily afford the extra renovations that we needed to place the house up for sale.” Have you tried before to quit?

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Tina and her husband Joe

When I was diagnosed with Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension many years ago, I never thought that this journey would take me to the doorsteps of a double lung transplant. But here I am about to start this new chapter in my life and I want to share it with you. My husband and I are in our early 30s and we have been together for 15 years now. It’s hard to believe that we have been living with a lung disease for the majority of that time. I say “WE” as I believe that this has affected him just as much as

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