It's 2018 and many of us have set New years resolutions. For many, the habit to kick is smoking. Studies show 7 out of 10 smokers would like to quit for good, and the new year is as good as a time as any. In northern BC, just over 20% of the population smokes.
"Any time is a good time to quit smoking. It's the leading cause of preventable death and disease and disability," says Nancy Viney, the Tobacco Reduction Co-ordinator for Northern Health. " In the New Year, you might be wanting to improve your health and quitting smoking is the best thing to do."
Nicotine replacement therapy has shown to help those who want to quit, and in BC, it is available free of charge. "All british columbians have access to excellent services for counselling and free nicotine therapy," said Viney. "Quit now services you can access online at www.quitnow, or you can text 654321 or you can call 811 to contact quit now." She went on to say, "pharmacotherapy medications do help you quit smoking, they double the chances of quitting. There are nicotine replacement therapies such as patches, gum, lozenges and a spray. Most of these products are covered for 12 weeks for British Columbians for each calendar year."
Viney says those who are turning to vaping should be careful as well, as some products contain nicotine. And since they are fairly new, they're untested as to how they affect your health over the long term.
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