There are many reasons why you may want to quit smoking. You may worry about your health, you may be concerns about how second-hand smoke is harming those around you, or you may feel that your tobacco use is costing more and more. Whatever your reason, it is always a good time to quit.
Health Risks from Smoking
Smoking can increase your risk of dying from a heart attack and getting different kinds of cancer, such as lung cancer. To learn about the ways that smoking can affect your health, click on the links below.
If you smoke while pregnant it may harm your baby. If you are pregnant and would like information about quitting smoking, speak with your health care provider. For information about how smoking can affect your pregnancy, click on the link below.
Quitting smoking can be difficult. Replacing cigarettes with other tobacco products can still negatively affect your health. For tips on how to quit, and how to deal with temptations and cravings, click on the links below.
- Quitting Smoking (HealthLinkBC File #30c)
- Quitting Smoking: Getting Support
- Quitting Smoking: Preventing Slips or Relapses
- Quitting Smoking: Temptations and Cravings
- Tobacco Products are not a Safe Alternative to Cigarettes (HealthLinkBC File #30b)
Second-hand smoke is poisonous and has over 4000 chemicals, including 50 that can cause cancer. For information about how second-hand smoke can harm your health and those around you, click on the link below.
Smoking Cessation Aids
Smoking cessation aids include nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products and prescription drugs. NRT products are non-prescription medications that reduce withdrawal symptoms by replacing the nicotine you would get through smoking. Prescription smoking cessation drugs do not contain nicotine, but work on your brain to manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings and reduce your urge to smoke. For more information about smoking cessation aids, click on the links below.
- Quitting Smoking: Should I Use Medicine?
- Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Quitting Tobacco
- Varenicline (Champix) for Quitting Smoking
- Bupropion (Zyban) for Quitting Smoking
For information about the B.C. Smoking Cessation program and how you can get NRT products or prescription smoking cessation drugs, see B.C. Smoking Cessation Program.
Lifestyle Checkup Tools
Use these tools to help measure your readiness to quit smoking, estimate the impact of smoking on your health, and more.
- Are You Ready to Quit Smoking?
- How Does Smoking Affect Your Lifespan?
- How Does Smoking Increase Your Risk of Heart Attack?
- How Much is Smoking Costing You?
B.C. Smoking Cessation Program
The B.C. Smoking Cessation Program helps people stop smoking or using other tobacco products by assisting them with the cost of smoking cessation aids. The program is open to B.C. residents who wish to stop smoking or using other tobacco products. To learn more about the program click on the link below.
QuitNow is a partnership between The British Columbia Lung Association and HealthyFamiliesBC. They offer a free service to help you quit smoking and remain smoke-free. You can interact with other quitters, track your status and savings, and connect with Quit Coaches. For more information, visit their website.
Last Reviewed: December 2014