Na­tional Non-Smok­ing Week: What are your rea­sons?

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Over the past 30 years, Canada has ded­i­cated a week to ad­vo­cate and pro­mote aware­ness about the health ef­fects of tobacco.

Al­berta Health Ser­vices (AHS) rec­og­nizes Na­tional Non-Smok­ing Week dur­ing the week of Sun­day Jan­uary 20th – Satur­day Jan­uary 26th. Dur­ing this time, we hope to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on the re­sources and sup­port ser­vices that are avail­able to ac­cess for any­one who is seek­ing to re­duce or quit their tobacco use.

This year, the AHS Tobacco Re­duc­tion Pro­gram has set the pro­vin­cial theme as, “What Are Your Rea­sons?” This theme is a way to high­light the many rea­sons that in­di­vid­u­als choose to re­duce or quit their tobacco use. To spark some in­spi­ra­tion and en­cour­age con­sid­er­a­tion to any­one’s tobacco re­duc­tion jour­ney, please find the fol­low­ing list of re­sources and tips to help you think about your rea­sons to quit.

Con­sid­er­ing your per­sonal rea­sons to quit can help you stick with it as it be­comes mean­ing­ful for you (i.e. money, health, fam­ily, free­dom).

Try it first – a “prac­tice quit”. Quit for 1, 3, or 5 days. Learn from your ex­pe­ri­ence and then try go­ing longer next time.

Keep track. Use jour­nal or down­load an app to track your ex­pe­ri­ence. Re­flect on what went well, what was dif­fi­cult, and how you would im­prove next time.

Text to quit. Join the Text to Quit Pro­gram from Al­ber­taQuits. To learn more and to reg­is­ter, visit the Al­ber­taQuits web­site: www.al­ber­taquits.ca/quit­ting/text

Speak with some­one over the phone, call 1-866-710-QUIT (7848) to re­ceive con­fi­den­tial and non-judg­men­tal sup­port.

Join a group ses­sion. QUITCORE is a FREE group pro­gram that builds skills in a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment. Sign up for the next group ses­sion run­ning in your area by vis­it­ing the Al­ber­taQuits web­site: www.al­ber­taquits.ca/quit­ting/sup­port -groups

Or­der a QuitKit. Call 1-866-710-QUIT to learn more and or­der one for your­self.

Visit Al­ber­taQuits web­site. Al­ber­taQuits pro­vides an ex­ten­sive amount of sup­port and tips to quit smok­ing, in­clud­ing a cus­tom­ized dash­board around your per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences of tobacco use.

The web­site also in­cludes an on­line com­mu­nity fo­rum where peo­ple can post their ex­pe­ri­ences of tried or suc­cess­ful quit at­tempts, and are ready to sup­port you in your own jour­ney.

So what are your rea­sons? How will you cel­e­brate Na­tional Non-Smok­ing Week?

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