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.
Smoking may be a big part of your social life. Do you automatically smoke when you are around someone who is smoking? Do certain people, places, or things seem to make you want to smoke? Do your friends smoke?
Friends care about one another, support one another, and take part in activities together that affirm the bond they have with one another. Why share an activity that puts all of your lives at stake?
If your friends smoke, ask them whether they would be willing to quit with you. Maybe several of you will be convinced that it's time to quit. You can support each other through the tough times. When it's all over, you'll be able to celebrate the choice you made to do what's best for your health so you'll be around to share the good times together for years to come. If your friends are not willing to quit, ask them not to smoke around you, offer you cigarettes, or leave cigarettes lying around.
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ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn R. Hughes, MD - Addiction Psychiatry Michael F. Bierer, MD - Internal Medicine