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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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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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