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A man of his word: Smoke Free Grad 2000

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Curtis signed a contract in grade one, decades later, he has never broke his promise. There were a lot of exciting events happening in 1989. The Swift Current Broncos won the Memorial Cup in Saskatoon. The Riders won the Grey Cup that fall for the first time since 1966. My family was moving into a new house on the farm. It may have been these exciting events that forced The Lung Association’s Smoke Free Grad 2000 pledge to stick in my head. Maybe the exciting times made me think positively about my future. Based on statistics, I was unlikely to

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Eight Years Tobacco-Free and Counting. Honouring a loved one by honouring yourself!

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Kristie’s Breathe Story While I was in high school and in my early 20’s, I lived a very unhealthy lifestyle. I ate anything I wanted, rarely exercised and smoked a half a pack a day for 15 years. Shortly after I turned 31, I was hit by a bomb—my mother was diagnosed with terminal lung and brain cancer. I was devastated beyond belief and it triggered a rollercoaster of emotions. For years, as I grieved the loss of my mom, I never made my health a priority. I spent countless hours searching for a way that I could honour my

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Life as a Quit Coach – Kelli’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. Kelli is one of those Quit Coaches. Kelli’s story Even before beginning her nearly five years as a Quit Coach, Kelli was no stranger to helping those in need. Having worked with young pregnant women in crisis and gained an educational background in social work, she has been blessed with a natural ability to build a rapport with

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When quitting runs in the family: Darlene & Verla

“I was very young when I started and addicted before I even grew into a woman.” – Darlene Bjork In families where smoking is prevalent, it can be difficult to break the cycle of addiction. Darlene and Verla know this all too well, as both have struggled to quit at different times in their lives. When we first met Darlene (right), she was ready to give up on her most recent quit attempt of one week. Cigarettes had formed an incredible hold on her after smoking for 45 years, and because it was publicly accepted, she’d never found the motivation

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QuitNow in the Community – Nancy Viney, Regional Nursing Lead: Tobacco Reduction for Northern Health

At QuitNow, we help British Columbians quit smoking, but we couldn’t do it all on our own. In fact, much of our success relies on community partners. One of these partners is Nancy Viney, who has dedicated the last eight years of her career to decreasing tobacco use and increasing smoke-free spaces in Northern British Columbia As a registered nurse, Nancy has witnessed firsthand both the physical and financial consequences of smoking. “I would see low birth weights in babies, and impoverished families spending 700 dollars a month on their addiction,” she says. “After working in a sexual health clinic

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A Mother’s Love: Stephaine’s Story

In August 2016, Stephaine celebrated two years as a non-smoker. She had been addicted to cigarettes for 34 years and hated it, but felt completely helpless to quit. Nothing seemed to help her succeed, including medications, meditation, and changing her routine – until she found a reason that motivated her more than ever before. When Stephaine’s daughter’s spouse passed away, the impact was significant. The couple had been planning to hike the Pacific Crest Trail together, and, as part of her healing process, her daughter asked Stephaine to join instead. With the knowledge that she wouldn’t be able to complete the

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QuitNow in the Community – Health Promoter Andrea

At QuitNow, we offer free one-on-one quit coaching, personalized quit planning, daily motivation and community support to help British Columbians quit smoking. To spread the word about our services, we rely in no small part on our team of regional health promoters – including Andrea. A passion for public health and disease prevention Andrea has a Master’s Degree in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences and is passionate about Epidemiology (the study and analysis of the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions). She found studying the factors that contribute to overall health interesting – and of course, quitting smoking

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Life as a Quit Coach: Christine’s Story

Every time you call the QuitNow phone line, type a question into Live Chat or even interact on Facebook a qualified Quit Coach is there to help you, support your quit, and answer any questions you may have along the way. Christine is one of those Coaches. Christine’s story With a background in sociology and child psychology, Christine cares deeply about how people think and feel. Using a combination of strategy, intuition, and exemplary listening skills, she is able to support others in their decision to quit smoking by quickly identifying the best solution for their unique needs. Though a skilled

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QuitNow in the Community: Health Promoter Louise P.

At QuitNow, we offer free one-on-one quit coaching, personalized quit planning, daily motivation, and community support to help British Columbians quit smoking. To spread the word about our services, we rely on our team of regional health promoters – including Louise. A passion for healthy living A committed public health champion, Louise works in the Interior Health region. Her career began in public health nutrition, and soon after grew to include work in a range of health promotion areas.  Prior to joining QuitNow eight years ago, Louise worked as a Tobacco Reduction Coordinator for Interior Health.  She also worked as a

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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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