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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.

Topic Overview

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. Call 1-866-366-3667 or go to gosmokefree.gc.ca/quit to find help in your province. 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.

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. Or use a text messaging program, like the one provided by Smokers' Helpline at www.smokershelpline.ca.

Credits

Current as of:
February 11, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Brian D. O'Brien MD - Internal Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
John Hughes MD - Psychiatry
Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health