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Resources for Individuals Looking to Quit Smoking or to Help A Loved One Quit Smoking – New Brunswick

If you smoke or vape and are looking to quit, there are many excellent – services and resources available to help you.

New Brunswickers accessing care at facilities in Horizon Health Network will be offered smoking cessation support from a healthcare provider during their visit.

A free cessation clinic is offered by Vitalité Health Network. The Smoking Cessation Clinic provides individual consultations to those who want to stop smoking or vaping. A trained counselor follows each individual and offers support throughout the cessation journey. Contact your nearest clinic to set up an appointment.

You can also call Go Smoke-Free NB for help with everything from thinking about quitting to staying smoke-free for life. FREE one-on-one advice and guidance is available Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (excluding holidays) at 1-866-366-3667.

Below is a comprehensive list of available resources offered and/or produced in New Brunswick for indidviduals wanting to quit smoking or vaping, needing that extra push or wanting to help a loved one quit.

Brochure – Benefits of Not Smoking – New Brunswick Lung Association

Brochure to help smokers to realize the potential benefits of quitting smoking.

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Brochure – Changes Your Body Goes Through While Quitting – New Brunswick Lung Association

Shows how quitting smoking positively impacts one’s body.

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Brochure – Facts About Nicotine – New Brunswick Lung Association

Cigarettes contain nicotine, an addictive drug. This is one reason some people find it very hard to quit smoking. Nicotine is as addictive as illegal narcotics such as cocaine or heroin.

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Brochure – Quitting Smoking – New Brunswick Lung Association

Quitting smoking is a process that – to succeed – requires careful planning, courage, discipline, and commitment on the part of the smoker. Here are some tips and advice for every step and stage of the quitting process.

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Brochure – Take the Last Drag – Quit Smoking Tips for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Two-Spirit People – New Brunswick Lung Association – 2019

Tips on quitting smoking with the LGBTQ+ community in mind.

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FREE Smoking Cessation Clinic – Vitalité Health Network

The Smoking Cessation Clinic provides individual consultations to those who want to stop smoking or vaping.

  • Overcome nicotine dependance
  • Quit smoking
  • Quit vaping

If you want to stop smoking, please call your nearest Smoking Cessation Clinic. A counselor will provide you with information and tips on giving up tobacco.

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Go Smoke-Free NB

Call Go Smoke-Free NB (1-866-366-3667) for free, confidential support to quit or reduce smoking.

Clinical nicotine addiction specialists are available to listen to you, without judgment, and offer one-on-one guidance to help you quit or reduce smoking your own way. Telephone support can be used with other services to increase your chances of success!

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Podcast: “Tobacco and Heart Health” – NBATC, Heart & Stroke Foundation NB and HEPAC – 2018

The NBATC and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of NB talk about the effects of tobacco on your heart’s health as well as what you can do to promote tobacco-free living in New Brunswick during this Healthy Eating and Physical Coalition (HEPAC) special Q&A podcast commemorating World No Tobacco Day 2018.

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Smoking and Tobacco – New Brunswick Lung Association

Useful information compiled by the New Brunswick Lung Association related to the health effects of smoking, tobacco, cannabis, and vaping, as well as on how to quit smoking.

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Smoking Cessation Program – Horizon Health Network

New Brunswickers accessing care at facilities in Horizon Health Network will be offered smoking cessation support from a healthcare provider during their visit.

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The Wellness Movement – Wellness Tip Card – Tobacco-Free Living – 2019

A tip card about tobacco-free living, one of the focus areas of The Wellness Movement.

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Tobacco and Heart Health – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition – 2017

Fact sheet addressing the effects of tobacco, the advantages of quitting smoking and how tobacco-free environments help protect everyone’s heart health.

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Video – “Helping a Loved One Quit Smoking” – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition and Vitalité Health Network – 2019

Did you know that there are many ways you can inspire a loved one to live tobacco-free and support them so they succeed in quitting smoking? Solange Arseneau, a nurse counsellor for Vitalité Health Network’s Dieppe and Shediac Smoking Cessation Clinics, has some great tips! She shares them in this video.

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Video: “Help to Quit Smoking – Free Smoking Cessation Clinics Offered by Vitalité Health Network” – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition and Vitalité Health Network – 2019

Looking for help and advice on quitting smoking? Did you know that Vitalité Health Network offers free Smoking Cessation Clinics? Smokers interested in stopping are monitored by a counselor who provides information and tips on giving up tobacco. We asked NBATC Steering Committee member Karelle Guignard, the Smoking Cessation Program Coordinator at Vitalité Health Network, to tell us more in this video.

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Video: “Supportive Environments in Health Care – Smoking Cessation” – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition and Horizon Health Network – 2019

In this video, we asked NBATC Steering Committee member Kelly Hurley (Coordinator – Centre of Excellence for Clinical Smoking Cessation at Horizon Health Network) to talk to us about supportive environments for smoking cessation in health care at Horizon Health Network.

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Resources for Individuals Looking to Quit Smoking or to Help A Loved One Quit Smoking – Canada and International

Below is a complete list of available resources offered and/or produced oustide of New Brunswick –  in Canada and internationally – for indidviduals wanting to quit smoking, needing that extra push or wanting to help a loved one quit.

Health Canada – Cost calculator: How much do you spend on cigarettes?

A neat and handy tool to make smokers realize how much money they could save if they quit smoking.

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It’s My Life – Stop Cancer Before It Starts! – Canadian Cancer Society

Discover how 16 factors affect your cancer risk and how you can take action with our interactive tool – It’s My Life!

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Live Smoke-Free -Canadian Cancer Society

Did you know that smoking is responsible for an estimated 30% of all cancer deaths in Canada? It also causes about 85% of lung cancer cases. The facts are clear. The more you smoke and the longer you smoke, the more you increase your risk of developing lung and other cancers. In fact, any smoking at all may cause lung damage. But that doesn’t mean it’s too late to quit! No matter how old you are or how long you’ve been smoking, you can reduce your risk of cancer by quitting.

Infographics, videos, games and visual aids help to educate on smoking as a risk factor for cancer on the Canadian Cancer Society website.

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On the road to quitting: Guide to becoming a non–smoker – Health Canada – 2012

This guide will give you the information and skills you need to successfully stop smoking.* Spend some time reviewing this booklet to consider your options, understand what to expect during your quit attempt and learn tips to help you along the way. Work through the content at your own pace to prepare yourself thoroughly.

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Podcast: “Why It Is Never Too Late to Quit Smoking” – Cancer.net – 2017

In this podcast, Dr. Anthony Alberg notes that quitting smoking is not easy and yet it is something that all people who have been diagnosed with cancer should strive to do because of the health benefits.

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Smoking, Vaping and Tobacco – Health Canada

Learn about vaping, tobacco products, effects of smoking, second-hand smoke, prevention and quitting.

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Learning Resources for Health Care Professionals – New Brunswick

Smoking Cessation within Horizon Health Network – Information for Health Care Professionals

Contact for information on smoking cessation programming in Horizon Health Network:

Kelly Hurley
Program Manager – Centre of Excellence for Clinical Smoking Cessation Horizon Health Network
(506) 757-8678
Kelly.Hurley@HorizonNB.ca
www.HorizonNB.ca

Information and current studies can be found at http://ottawamodel.ca/education/other-opportunities-learning.

Free online training for tobacco control, including e-cigarettes, cessation, protection and prevention is available at otru.org.

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Smoking Cessation within Vitalité Health Network – Information for Health Care Professionals

Contact for information on the Smoking Cessation Program in Vitalité Health Network:

Karelle Guignard, MScInf, I.I., ECT
Registered Nurse
Smoking Cessation Program Coordinator
Vitalité Health Network
506-378-2139
karelle.guignard@VitaliteNB.ca
www.VitaliteNB.ca

Information and current studies can be found at http://ottawamodel.ca/education/other-opportunities-learning.

Free online training for tobacco control, including e-cigarettes, cessation, protection and prevention is available at otru.org.

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Webinar: “Learn to Run for Smokers” – New Brunѕwick Anti-Tobacco Coalition – 2015

With Brigitte Ouellette, Respiratory Therapist and Certified Respiratory Educator at Vitalité Health Network. Brigitte describes the highly successful Learn to Run for Smokers program implemented in the Acadian Peninsula which has helped many smokers quit smoking by training to run a 5k.

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Learning Resources for Health Care Professionals – Canada and International

Busting Myths About Smoking Cessation – OTRU – 2016

With limited population-level research, myths about smoking cessation persist. Research from the Ontario Tobacco Survey (OTS) has improved our understanding of smoking cessation in the general population. Key facts and findings are summarized, including the frequency and number of quit attempts, the duration and effectiveness of cessation medications, trajectories of smoking, and the effectiveness of population-level initiatives on cessation behaviours.

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Canadian Action Network for the Advancement, Dissemination and Adoption of Practice-Informed Tobacco Treatment

The Canadian Action Network for the Advancement, Dissemination and Adoption of Practice-informed Tobacco Treatment (CAN-ADAPTT) is a Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) committed to facilitating research and knowledge exchange among those who are in positions to help smokers make changes to their behaviour (e.g., practitioners, healthcare/service providers) and researchers in the area of smoking cessation.

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Commercial Tobacco Policy Pack: Local and provincial/territorial governments – Canadian Partnership Against Cancer – 2019

Use this policy pack to gather evidence for policy interventions about the use of commercial tobacco and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).

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Coverage of smoking cessation aids in Canada – Canadian Partnership Against Cancer – 2019

Learn about federal, provincial and territorial government coverage of free or lower cost smoking cessation aids, including eligibility requirements, and which health care providers can prescribe.

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Dr. Graham Warren Presentation Video: The Importance of Smoking Cessation in Cancer Care – 2019

Dr. Graham Warren, radiation oncologist at Medical University of South Carolina and Expert Advisor, Tobacco Cessation, to the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC), presented on the importance of smoking cessation in cancer care this past September in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Horizon Health Network and CPAC worked together to hire a professional videographer to produce a high quality recording of Graham’s presentation so that it would be available to the Tobacco Network as a resource for use with your Executive champions, leadership, frontline clinicians and cancer centre staff.

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Global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco use 2000-2025 – World Health Organization

Progress in reducing tobacco use is a key indicator for measuring countries’ efforts to implement the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Countries have adopted this indicator to report progress towards SDG target 3.a and the tobacco reduction target under the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013–2020. This report presents WHO estimates of tobacco use prevalence, numbers or users, and changes between 2000 and 2018, projected to 2025. Estimates are at global, regional and country level.

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Integrating Tobacco Interventions Into Daily Practice – Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

This module will provide nurses and other health-care providers with the foundational knowledge to start engaging with their clients who use tobacco to help them quit, as well as reduce or manage their withdrawal symptoms.

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Key cost estimates on cancer treatment and smoking cessation in Canada – Canadian Partnership Against Cancer – 2017

Use these cost estimates to guide decisions about programs and policies to help patients with cancer quit smoking during treatment.

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Leading practices in clinical smoking cessation – Canadian Partnership Against Cancer – 2019

Review results about Canadian clinical smoking cessation approaches, now with data from 2018 to 2019
The next update for these results is planned for Spring 2020.

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Leading Practices in Smoking Cessation for Persons Living with Mental Illnesses and/or Addictions – Canadian Partnership Against Cancer – 2019

Review results about Canadian smoking cessation programs for people living with mental illness(es) and/or addiction, now with data from 2018 to 2019. The next update for these results is planned for Spring 2020.

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Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals Helping Clients Quit Smoking – Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

Nurses and other healthcare professionals have many opportunities to help people address their smoking habits.

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Nurses and Other Health Professionals Who Smoke -– Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

Nurses and other health professionals who smoke may feel conflicted because of intimate knowledge and experience with the consequences of smoking. This course aims to help nurses who smoke feel comfortable discussing the benefits of smoking cessation with their clients.

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Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation – University of Ottawa Heart Institute:

Clinical practice guidelines emphasize that clinicians and healthcare delivery systems should consistently identify and treat all tobacco users using available counselling treatments and medications. But, evidence alone is insufficient to change routine clinical practice. There is a need to alter practices so that smoking cessation support is systematically and easily provided to all patients who smoke as part of routine care. The Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation (OMSC) was created to address this need.

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Podcast: “The Importance of Best Practices for Successful Smoking Cessation” – The BEAT – Latest in Heart Health and Cardiovascular Care and Research – University of Ottawa Heart Institute – 2016

With the goal of highlighting recent advances in treatments to aid smoking cessation, as well as pointing out persistent myths about cessation that might be preventing doctors from providing the most effective tools to their patients, Dr. Reid and his colleagues at the Heart Institute of the University of Ottawa published the first review of smoking cessation treatment in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in over a decade.

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Quit Continuing Education – Canadian Pharmacists Association

Across Canada, provinces are enhancing pharmacists’ scopes of practice to include prescribing smoking cessation medications, offering reimbursement for professional services and even providing free smoking cessation products to patients. The time has never been better to ramp up your knowledge and skills in the area of smoking cessation.

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Strategies to help patients stop smoking: the optometrist’s perspective – By Ryan David Kennedy and Ornell Douglas – Dovepress – 2015

Discusses tobacco’s toll on individual and public health, and presents what is currently known about cigarette smoking’s risk to ocular health and what eye care professionals can do to help address tobacco use with their patients.

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Supporting Pre- and Postnatal Women and Their Families Who Use Tobacco – Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

This course addresses the special considerations that need to be taken into account when providing smoking cessation assistance to pre- and postnatal women and their families. Topics include: the risks of smoking while pregnant, harm reduction approaches, applying intensive interventions using a woman-centred approach, nicotine replacement therapy for pregnant women and relapse.

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Tobacco and Public Health: From Theory to Practice – Ontario Tobacco Research Unit

Comprehensive and evidence-based online course on tobacco control for public health professionals and others working in tobacco control that provides the opportunity for self-study in major areas of tobacco control: cessation, protection, prevention, and evaluation.

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Treatobacco.net Database & Education Resource for Treatment of Tobacco Dependence (U.S.A)

Treatobacco.net presents authoritative evidence-based information about the treatment of tobacco dependence. Information is organized under these five headings: Efficacy, Safety, Demographics and Health Effects, Health Economics, and Policy.

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Webinar slides: Leading practices in smoking cessation for cancer patients – Canadian Partnership Against Cancer – 2018

Learn more about current and leading practices across Canada and abroad to help cancer patients quit smoking. From the Partnership’s webinar in October 2018, these slides share current evidence and approaches to helping cancer patients and families quit smoking.

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Webinars – Ontario Tobacco Research Unit

Listen to recently recorded Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU) webinars on a variety of topics.

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Inspiring Success Stories – New Brunswickers Who Quit Smoking

“My Daughter Sophie Was my Inspiration to Live Tobacco-Free!”

Wellness Week Contest Winner Lynne Pitcher Shares Her Quit Smoking Journey  Lynne Pitcher, 37, Riverview, NB, credits her daughter Sophie, 5, for being the inspiration and strength she and her husband, Rob Pitcher, needed to break free from their personal prison as smokers to be able to now proudly live tobacco-free. Her winning entry in the New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition's (NBATC) Wellness Week Facebook contest in October 2018 (held in partnership with The Wellness Movement) caught our attention. The contest encouraged New Brunswickers to celebrate the smoke-free environments which support their wellness, by describing a favourite smoke-free place. Lynne was eager [...]

Wellness Champions – Tobacco and Smoke-Free Living

We all have a wellness story, whether it’s our own personal journey, being part of a group initiative, or seeing a need and helping create a wellness-supporting environment to help make healthy choices more accessible for others. One of the missions of our friends at The Wellness Movement is to bring light to some inspiring individuals or initiatives in New Brunswick, to help celebrate these Wellness Champions and inspire others. The New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition (NBATC) invites you to discover The Wellness Movement's Champions stories, especially the following inspiring testimonials who feature tobacco and smoke-free living: Rogersville’s Story Watch as registered nurse [...]

It’s Never Too Late to Quit Smoking! Two Inspiring New Brunswick Women Show that Tobacco-Free Living Can be Achieved and Is Worth It for Long-Term Smokers.

Corinne Savage (66, Riverview, NB) and Yvette Austin (79, Saint Pons, NB) are two inspiring women in their senior years who prove that tobacco-free living is possible at any age and is worth it—even after decades of being a smoker. Both were contacted by the NBTAC upon sharing on Facebook how proud they were to have quit smoking. Their comments were made during the NBATC’s 2018 National Non-Smoking Week #SayNoToTobacco Contest. “One morning I just decided I had had enough and that I needed to quit smoking or I was going to end up with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease [...]

New Brunswickers Achieve Healthy Tobacco-Free Lifestyle Thanks to Walk or Run to Quit

UPDATE (December 14, 2018): Walk or Run to Quit programs for 2018 have ended. All Walk or Run to Quit options are currently on hold while new program delivery options are being evaluated. Check website for options and updates in 2019: www.runtoquit.com Walk or Run to Quit — a program run by the Canadian Cancer Society in partnership with the Running Room, aims to help smokers quit smoking by getting active and learning to walk or run 5 km. The program started as a pilot in 2013 in Ottawa and has since been offered nationwide. Participants have two options [...]

Marlene O’Neill Celebrates Tobacco-Free Living. Freedom from Cigarettes After Being a Smoker for 50 Years.

Marlene O'Neill, winner of the NBATC's #SayNoToTobacco Facebook contest. Proud to be now living tobacco-free! This past January, the NBATC held a #SayNoToTobacco Facebook contest celebrating National Non-Smoking Week by encouraging people to share why they are proud to live tobacco-free and encourage a friend or loved one on their own tobacco-free living journey. The winning entry was Marlene O’Neill (64 years old, Waasis, NB), who received a $50 prize for her participation. Eager to take advantage of the contest, she wanted to share the fact that she had recently quit smoking and was still going strong 5 months [...]

Winners of the NBATC’s #SayNoToTobacco Facebook Contest Will Make You Realize How Important It Is to Take Care of Your Lungs

The New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition’s (NBATC) National Non-Smoking Week #SayNoToTobacco Facebook Contest winners Valérie Doiron St-Coeur (29, Brantville, NB) and Josée Mallais (36, Tracadie, NB) are an inspiring duo. You would never know upon meeting Valérie that she almost lost her life to cystic fibrosis. She lives a normal, healthy life these days thanks to a double lung transplant received in 2014. Her battle with the disease, deteriorating health, time spent in hospitals, and near-death experience have been a wake-up call to many friends and loved ones on how vital our lungs are. Friends like Josée Mallais have drawn [...]

Irving Oil Refinery’s Tobacco-Free Workplace Program, a Model for Success

The Irving Oil Ltd. refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick is a great example of how companies can promote health and well-being in the workplace, by taking action on tobacco use. Winner of a National Heart & Stroke Foundation Tobacco-Free Innovation Award in 2013, it is the first oil refinery in all of Canada to create and implement a Tobacco-Free Workplace policy for its employees, which is now celebrating its 5th year anniversary. Launched on July 2, 2012, the Irving Oil Ltd. refinery’s Tobacco-Free Workplace program not only prohibits smoking on the entire grounds of its property (780 acres), [...]

“People don’t realize just how powerful of an addiction it can be.” Randy Hunter Hopes His Story Can Warn Young People About the Dangers of Tobacco.

Mayor Randy Hunter, 64, of Tide Head, New Brunswick is one of those energetic and positive people you instantly like upon meeting. The former teacher (34 years of service at various schools, with the last 12 years at Sugarloaf Senior High School in Campbellton) turned mayor is a much-loved member of his community, having spent his entire life devoted to community service. Despite a recent near death-scare and numerous health issues, Randy continues to love and thrive in his role as Mayor. Eager to share his story, he has a powerful warning about the dangers of tobacco. Randy used [...]

”Run to Quit” Helps New Brunswickers Get Active to Overcome their Nicotine Addiction

Moncton Quit Coaches Christian Jasper (left) and Cindy Johnson (right) pose with Running Room founder John Stanton (centre). Physical activity is often recommended by health practitioners and is a powerful tool in a smokers’ arsenal to quit smoking. Exercise reduces cravings and helps manage withdrawal symptoms. That is the basis upon which the “Run to Quit” program is built. An initiative of the Canadian Cancer Society and the Running Room, it aims to help smokers quit by learning to walk or run 5 km. Participants can join a 10-week Run to Quit training program in-store at their local Running [...]

Tobacco Is Harmful to Animals Too: Embracing Tobacco-Free Living Is the Best Thing Pet Owners Can Do!

The harmful effects of second-hand cigarette smoke are well known, which is why many smokers will refrain or are asked to refrain from smoking around friends, family members and, especially, children. But most people don’t often stop and think about how their tobacco use can affect their beloved animals. There are, however, some genuine risks to smoking near your pet. Frequent smoking in enclosed areas, like homes, apartments, and cars, increases the toxic load on a pet’s lungs just as it does on humans. Tawnee Tbomb McAleese, 31, Moncton, loves cats. She currently has five cats (Penelope, Pepe, Jasper, [...]

The Journey Into Motherhood as a Catalyst for Embracing a Healthier Tobacco-Free Lifestyle: Four New Brunswick Women Share Their Story.

Most people who have recently quit smoking will agree that getting over a nicotine addiction requires a lot of determination. You must not only take care of your physical cravings but also have the right kind of attitude. Often, after a few failed attempts, people successfully quit once something happens in their lives which gives them that extra little bit of strength and motivation. A sort of catalyst for embracing a tobacco-free lifestyle that puts their health and well-being, and that of their loved ones, first. For many women who smoke, pregnancy is perhaps the most motivating life event [...]

A Father and Artist’s Journey to Becoming Smoke-Free: Patrick Hardy’s Story

Patrick Hardy, 42, is a well-known spokesperson for autism, thanks to a book series called My Friend Sam, which presents the daily struggles that children who are diagnosed with autism deal with every day, inspired by his son Samuel, now 11 years old. The books, intended for a young audience, have done a lot to educate people about what it is like to live with autism. Patrick hopes the books will also help with decreasing bullying towards autistic children and youth. Originally written in French, the series now has three titles, with more on the way. The books have [...]

Stop Smoking, Start Living! at Harvest House Atlantic

Denise McCluskey is the Development and Marketing Officer at Harvest House Atlantic in Moncton. The centre has been a staple of the city since 1997, offering an emergency homeless shelter, serving over 150 meals a day, and hosting several recovery and General Educational Development programs. Through a government program, the centre hired an employee to keep the location clean. Denise explains that no matter how well he cleaned the grounds, when she arrived to work in the morning, she found cigarette butts everywhere. "We encourage people not to smoke since we have an addictions recovery program, but we didn't [...]

Smoke-Free Together Initiative Successful at Saint John Regional Hospital. Initiative Supports Employees’ Quit Smoking Journey, Improves Morale and Enhances Everyone’s Well-Being.

Some of the staff members from Employee Health and Wellness at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Left to right: Andrea (Andy) Johnson, Regional Director, Workforce Engagement, Karen Dunham, Registered Nurse, Lori Mason, Administration, Edie Daniels, Registered Nurse. In September 2015, Horizon Health Network annouced the introduction of its Smoke-Free Environment for the buildings and grounds of all of its hospitals. The Saint John Regional Hospital was the first hospital to implement the policy through an initiative called Smoke-Free Together. Since then, six other Horizon facilities have become smoke-free, and all Horizon hospitals will be smoke-free within the next six [...]

You Have to Do It for Yourself! Sandra Melanson’s Personal Smoking Cessation Story.

Sandra Melanson started smoking when she was 15 years old. “From the very first inhale of tobacco smoke, I was hooked,” she recalls. “All my friends smoked back then; it was out of peer pressure that I started. We’d be smoking in the school yard and at the bus stop.” The 54-year-old was born in Germany and then moved to Canada with her family. She moved around quite a lot throughout her childhood and adolescence. She now lives in Dieppe, New Brunswick and has taken steps to kick the smoking habit for good. “I tried quitting three times in [...]

“Don’t Beat Yourself Up and Stop Trying When You Have Setbacks. Get the Professional Help You Need and Try a Different Approach.” Mike and Karen McGraw Share How Being Smoke-Free Has Positively Impacted Their Lives.

This past winter, the New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition (NBATC) held a Twitter contest inviting citizens to celebrate National Non-Smoking Week (Jan 17-23, 2016) by posting photos of signs indicating smoke-free outdoor public spaces in their communities. The goal was to shine a spotlight on the many outdoor public spaces, including entrances and exits to public buildings, in the province that are now smoke-free under the revised Smoke-free Places legislation which came into effect in July 2015, and to remind New Brunswickers of the importance of respecting these new smoke-free zones and spaces. One participant, in particular, stood out with [...]

Smoker’s Helpline – Cessation Support Only A Click or Call Away

Current research shows that about half of cancers can be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices and policies that protect the public. The single best thing a person can do to improve one’s health is to quit smoking. Take Karen Hodgin, of Riverview, for example. She smoked for 48 years, but thanks to Smokers’ Helpline, a free, confidential and non-judgmental service available to Canadians who want to quit tobacco use or need help staying smoke-free, and the support of family and friends, she has been smoke-free since 2013. Karen began smoking at the age of 14, while walking to school [...]

“Cigarettes Have No More Power Over Me!” Local Musician Dan Maloney Shares His Personal Struggle and Victory Over Nicotine.

Dan “the piano guy” Maloney’s talent has been impressing audiences since the age of 15. An accomplished musician, this Saint John (New Brunswick) native has shared his joie de vivre and musical talent through shows in piano bars, nightclubs, conventions, trade shows, private parties and weddings with a mixture of classic hits, top star impersonations and comedy routines. Now at 57 years of age, Dan is set to inspire others with a catchy anthem about quitting smoking. The song has a universal appeal, yet is profoundly personal, for his proudest accomplishment to date is his victory over his nicotine [...]

Défi Qui Cesse Gagne! (Biggest Quitter Challenge) Personal Commitments Towards Tobacco-Free Living

For many people, quitting smoking can be one of the biggest challenges to overcome. It is a challenge that is often made easier with the support and encouragement of others. Often, the act of sharing a personal goal, like quitting smoking, with an attentive ear, getting the right resources and knowing that someone supports you and will follow up to encourage you along your journey are what you need to begin leading a healthier lifestyle. That’s the idea behind the défi "Qui Cesse Gagne!" (Biggest Quitter Challenge), which took place on January 29, 2015, and invited all residents in [...]

In the Acadian Peninsula, Smokers Are Learning To Run and Breathe In Fresh Air – Tobacco-Free!

Brigitte Ouellette is a Respiratory Therapist and Certified Respiratory Educator at the Vitalité Health Network. As a member of the Acadian Peninsula’s Anti-Tobacco Coalition, she and her colleagues are always looking for interesting initiatives that can reach smokers and give them tools to live a healthier tobacco-free lifestyle. "Since smoking has a negative connotation and that smokers often feel judged by their peers, it’s often difficult to identify and approach smokers in our community in order to help them quit,” says Brigitte. One of the coalition’s newest program – Learn to Run for Smokers – is an innovative answer [...]

Quitting Smoking: A Race Towards Health and Wellness!

Robert Roy-Boudreau attributes training for a marathon with helping him to quit smoking, with the end result being the ability to fully live and celebrate life. His race began over a year ago and he’s been sharing his story ever since in order to encourage smokers and ex-smokers to live tobacco-free. Genuine, friendly and outgoing, this school principal (La Ruche School in Tracadie-Sheila) has been inspiring his teaching colleagues as well as parents with his enthusiasm for living life as a non-smoker. It’s impossible to hear Robert talk about his journey without feeling inspired to take action and start [...]