It’s no secret the harmful effects of smoking and without a doubt, quitting is the single most important thing anyone can do to improve their health. Within minutes of the last puff, the body begins to heal itself. Yes, you read that right!

Deep down, many people would like to quit and have probably tried a few times. It’s totally normal. Tobacco is extremely addictive, and it may take several attempts before someone successfully quits – but it can be done!

While the thought of quitting tobacco can be daunting, there are three things a smoker can do, RIGHT NOW, to set themselves up for success. Just remember that everyone is different and a strategy that works for one person may not work for someone else. The key to quitting smoking is to never give up.

Here are three things you, or a loved one, can do to become smoke-free — forever:

1. Get expert coaching

Ever played a team sport, or gone to the gym? Chances are you had a coach or trainer to help you get started and perfect your skills. We think you should treat quitting the same. Consider a coach to help you quit! The Canadian Cancer Society’s Smokers’ Helpline can help. It’s like having a personal trainer for your lungs – for FREE!

When you connect with a Quit Coach at Smokers’ Helpline, you’ll receive one-on-one coaching to help create a quit plan that works for you. They’re experts who will be able to offer you insight to things like managing cravings, quit aids and finding local support.

Success rate? Smokers’ Helpline clients are up to eight times more likely to be smoke-free after 6 months than quitters who go it alone.

If you’re in the Yukon, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island, call 1-877-513-5333 or visit smokershelpline.ca. For other provincial quit lines visit here or call the number on your cigarette package.

2. Commit to one-week smoke free (and maybe win $500!)

If the idea of “forever” is daunting to you, why not aim to be smoke-free for a week? Research shows that people who are smoke-free for a week are nine times more likely to be smoke-free—for good!

That’s why there’s the First Week Challenge Contest, where every month a person is awarded $500 for being smoke-free for a week! Be sure to visit FirstWeekChallengeContest.ca and register before the end of the month to be eligible to win.

3. Text (because who has time for a phone call?)

If you live in Ontario, then whip out your phone right now and text the word “iQuit” to 123456 to get access to text messaging support. After answering a few questions, you’ll receive automated support based on your quit date.

Want to engage in a live chat? Text the word “CHAT” and you’ll be connected with a Smokers’ Helpline Quit Coach.

 

Join the discussion: Are you a reformed smoker? Share your tips and tricks and strategies to help others see success.

This post is part of our 12 Days of Carrot marketing campaign. Today’s contest and blog is sponsored by the Canadian Cancer Society’s Smokers’ Helpline. Learn more about quitting at smokershelpline.ca or call the number on your cigarette package.

 

Team Carrot

Author Team Carrot

The Carrot Rewards team works hard to help Canadians take charge of their health and wellness by being more physically active each day and learning useful information that empowers them to make healthier decisions. We want you to keep learning, and challenging yourself to be more active. And we want to make sure that your journey to health and wellness is rewarding and engaging every step of the way!

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