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The Smoking Cessation program provides a systematic approach to assisting patients when they are ready to quit smoking. As part of routine patient care, Health Care Providers may ask about your tobacco use and your readiness to quit. Sharbot Lake Family Health Team health care provider have been trained in identifying the ways in which your health care team and other agencies can assist you with your “quit” goal. If you are a tobacco user and are ready to quit, ask your health care provider how they might assist you.
Quitting with the help of counselling and nicotine replacement therapies (patch, inhaler, gum, lozenges) can double or triple your success with quitting!
All patches, inhalers, gum and lozenges are available to you at no cost.
When you’re ready, our health care providers are trained to help you quit smoking.
- Smoking is the primary cause of heart disease and stroke
- Smokers are 2-3 times more likely to have a heart attack than non-smokers
- Smokers are 3 times more likely to have a stroke than non-smokers
- Smoking reduces life expectancy by an average of 10 years
- Quitting smoking is cheaper than continuing to smoke
- Smoking does not decrease stress levels – Smoking actually increases blood pressure which puts strain on the heart, decreasing oxygen circulation, and harming cells’ ability to heal during stress. Non-smokers report feeling less stress than smokers
- Not all people who quit smoking gain weight. On average, weight gain is minimal and preferable to the significant health issues associated with tobacco use. All smoking cessation medications are safe to use while smoking and may help people reduce to quit.
Speak to one of our Health Care Providers to be referred to our Smoking Cessation Program or call 613-279-2100 to make an appointment