Quitting Smoking: How Support Groups Can Help
British Columbia Specific Information
The BC Smoking Cessation Program helps eligible B.C. residents stop smoking or using other tobacco products by assisting with the cost of smoking cessation prescription drugs or nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products. For more information about the program, including how to get started, visit BC Smoking Cessation Program. For information about the health risks from smoking, tips on how to quit, an overview of smoking cessation aids, and more, see our Quit Smoking health feature. For more tools and resources to help you quit smoking and remain smoke-free, visit Quit Now.
Support groups provide encouragement when you have decided to quit smoking. Support groups can:
- Increase your chances of success.
- Keep you motivated.
- Allow you to express your feelings with others who understand.
- Give you hope and the confidence to quit.
- Improve your coping skills.
- Teach you ways that have helped others quit for good.
- Decrease your feelings of isolation.
- Help you stay on track.
Support groups are available in many communities. Your local health unit or provincial lung association may have information on support groups in your area. Check with your doctor, your employee assistance program (EAP), or a local hospital. Or you can call the Canadian Cancer Society at 1-888-939-3333.
If a support group is not available at a time you can attend, look into joining a telephone support group or an online support group, such as a community support group or a smoking cessation forum. Some forums offer quit-smoking journals that are posted so members can share their experiences.
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Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer John Hughes, MD - Psychiatry
Current as ofAugust 21, 2015
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