posted on January 22, 2018
Non-Smoking Week’s Hump Day
National Non-Smoking Week is an initiative across Canada that encourages people to begin the process of quitting smoking. At the midpoint of the week is Weedless Wednesday, which is meant to mark the point where people who want to quit smoking officially butt-out and try and go smoke-free.
The Quitting Process
Quitting smoking for good is a process and a difficult one at that. Smoking is both a physical and psychological addiction, meaning that not only do smokers require nicotine, but their smoking behaviour is determined by the people and situations around them.
Major concerns such as cravings and withdrawal can be enough to lead people back to smoking, but being aware of that fact that these things will eventually decrease and subside the longer you remain smoke-free are important considerations.
Health Canada’s guide for quitting smoking as a young person contains helpful advice for people who are quitting at any age. By reflecting on the reasons you smoke and why you think you might want to quit is essential no matter how long you have been smoking.
Quitting tools, such as My Quit’s Prepare to Quit page provides space to reflect deeply upon what you are worried about before you quit smoking. It’s important to be honest with yourself about certain places and people that might increase cravings when you are in the early stages of quitting and decide upon a quit date accordingly.
There are a variety of methods and tools that are available to you which can help you in your quitting journey. Conventional nicotine replacement therapies include gum and patches, but there is also a growing body of evidence to support the harm-reduction model that e-cigarettes, or vaping, represents.
Facing Triggers and Set-Backs
Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that most people who eventually quit smoking altogether do not manage to do it on their first attempt. Being able to bounce back from a ‘slip’ is the key to eventually quitting and being able to understand why you picked up a cigarette again will serve as a learning experience moving forward.
Overall, Weedless Wednesday is the symbolic jumping off point for people who have put in the necessary reflective and emotional work to begin the process of quitting by using tools such as Prepare to Quit, and who are ready to begin living smoke-free.
Canadian Hearing Society: Settlement Program for Newcomers
The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) provides free services and guidance to help newcomers to Canada who are culturally deaf, oral deaf, deafened, or hard of hearing in order to ensure that they adapt to their new homes. This is a federally funded program, with help from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and its goal is to help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a citizen and how you can go about accessing community resources in your area. Click here to visit the Canadian Hearing Society’s webpage for newcomers, or watch the introductory video below.