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Life as a Quit Coach: Melissa’s Story

Every time you call the QuitNow phone line, type a question into Live Chat or even interact on Facebook, an amazing, qualified Quit Coach is there to help you, support your quit, and answer any questions you may have along the way. Melissa is one of those Coaches. Melissa’s Story Melissa has four years Quit Coach experience under her belt and it shows. A certified addictions counsellor with a psychology background, her eclectic mix of humour, superb listening skills, and poignant questions puts her in the perfect position to help clients as they start or maintain their quit. Melissa wasn’t

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Stronger than before: Ken’s Story

Before he made the decision to quit, Ken had been a steadfast smoker since the tender age of five. Having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and chronic depression, he knew at age 39 that a change was necessary to improve both his physical and mental health. By using nicotine replacement therapy such as the patch and gum, drinking water and avoiding known triggers, Ken slowly but surely weaned himself off cigarettes. After six months of trying, he knew he could finally stop smoking for good. Since quitting, Ken has seen a dramatic improvement in his overall well being. He has found that

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The long drive home: Fern’s Story

After 35 years of smoking, Fern made the commitment to quit smoking for good. Motivated by health issues, including a bad heart, she knew that she had to curb her addiction if she wanted to live a long and healthy life. “l am so proud of my husband and l for doing the best thing for our lives and our health,” Fern said. “It’s been over eight years and l am still smoke-free! My life has never been better, the taste of food is incredible, l can breathe, my heart is better for it, and I no longer smell like a cigarette.” So

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Friendship, love and cigarettes

In the process of growing up, we meet different types of friends. Friends you can call in the middle of the night, friends who are always ready to go on adventures with you, and friends you can learn from. While these friends may come and go, once in a blue moon, you meet a truly supportive person who will grow right alongside you and champion your cause as if it were their own. Diana is one of those friends. At 18 years-old, Diana knew that her friend had his whole life ahead of him when he began smoking. Worried about his health and

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Dancing her way to a smoke-free life: Charmaine’s Story

At QuitNow, we highlight the importance of the 4 D’s – drinking water, deep breathing, distracting yourself, and delaying to help combat cravings. Charmaine from Kamloops used distraction – in the form of freestyle dance. This is her story. On August 1, 2012, Charmaine decided to quit smoking for good. Simple tasks like climbing stairs or swimming were becoming harder for her, and she sensed that lung disease was a very real threat. In preparation for what she knew could be a difficult journey, Charmaine immersed herself in YouTube videos about quitting smoking and came to terms with her mental

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Clearing the Air: 5 Myths about Tobacco Addiction

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November 16 – 22 is Canada’s National Addictions Awareness Week and the BC Lung Association would like to acknowledge this week by addressing a number of persistent and dangerous myths about tobacco and tobacco addiction. 1) The damage is already done. No matter how old you are or how long you’ve smoked, absolutely everyone has something to gain from quitting tobacco. In general, the less you smoke and the sooner you quit, the better for your overall health. However that said, even long-term smokers can reap great rewards by quitting smoking. Recent research has shown that risk of premature death reduced

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Colleen’s Story: On January 1, 1992 I made the decision to quit

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I started smoking when I was 15 due to the stress I felt I was under. As I look back, I realize I had little support or education to help me cope with family changes, deaths in the family, plus the challenges of being a teenager. In the 1970’s smoking was the thing to do. I watched my older brothers and sisters smoke, so one day I tried a cigarette myself. My smoking continued throughout high school, where I smoked occasionally. However, it wasn’t until I started nursing school that I really started smoking – we smoked everywhere, even including

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Rosalind’s story: I knew I could quit for weeks at a time… however I always ended up being drawn back to smoking

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Guest blog by Rosalind Neis. As a social smoker for over 35 years, I always assumed quitting was something I could do any time I wanted. I knew I could quit for weeks at a time while traveling, and while I was pregnant I quit for 2 years, however I always ended up being drawn back to smoking. That all changed when my dad had a heart attack. Following the heart attack, a series of tests where performed eventually leading to open heart surgery. On July 17, 2014, I went to see him in the ICU where he lay unconscious and incubated.

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Our Tobacco Free Tuesday Winner – Ravi Olekh

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Ravi is our July winner for QuitNow’s Tobacco Free Tuesday. This is her story: I am a 23 years old and a mother to a sweet 2 year old boy. I started smoking around the age of 15 because my best friend at the time smoked. After smoking for 5 years, I quit when I found out I was pregnant with my son. I was very proud of myself for doing it cold turkey. Unfortunately, like many others, the stress of life got to me. Instead of finding a healthy way to cope, I picked up the habit again last

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Disney stamps out smoking in youth-rated movies

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Does watching smoking in movies cause our kids to want to light up? Apparently so! According to the Partnership for Drug Free Kids, “children between the ages of 10 to 14 who view many movies with characters who smoke are more likely to try cigarettes themselves.” Well you can breathe easy Mom and Dad because Disney has set the stage (no pun intended) for movie makers to omit tobacco from any future productions.  Walt Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said he would “absolutely prohibit” smoking in all Disney films going forward, including those produced by the studio’s wholly owned comic-book-movie division, Marvel

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