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Resources Library – Quit Smoking – Youth and Young Adultѕ

There are also many helpful resources under our Quit-Smoking – Adults page.

Tools, Tips and Support for Youth and Young Adults

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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BROCHURE – TAKE THE LAST DRAG – Quit Smoking Tips For Two-Spirit People, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual – New Brunswick Lung Association – 2021

Tips on quitting smoking with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in mind.

Closure of Health Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society’s “Break It Off” Campaign

Health Canada (HC) and the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) are announcing the closure of Break It Off, a joint tobacco cessation, awareness and outreach campaign aimed at Canadians aged 20-24. First launched by CCS in 2012, HC collaborated with CCS in 2014 to expand the campaign’s reach across Canada. Over the years, the campaign has encouraged numerous young adults to quit smoking and stay smoke-free.

When Break It Off launched nationally in 2014, smoking prevalence for the 20-24 age group was 20%, well over the national average at the time of 16%[1]. Today, prevalence is 13% for young adults, similar to the national average[2]. While proportionally fewer young adults are currently smoking, we recognize the importance of continuing to support young Canadians on their quitting journey. That’s why we encourage you and your followers to check out the quit smoking resources offered by your province or territory and by the Canadian Cancer Society.

HC and CCS would like to acknowledge what a privilege it has been to have your support with the Break It Off campaign. The campaign could not have reached as many young adults without you.


Some campaign highlights:

–         The Break It Off website received over 250K visits

–         Advertising Campaigns achieved over 40M impressions

–         Thousands of Canadians engaged on 3 social media platforms

–         We connected directly with over 400K Canadians at over 300 interactive events

–         Our mobile app has been downloaded over 5000 times

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Consider the Consequences of Vaping – Health Canada – 2019

Campaign aimed at youth to tackle increasing vaping rates among this demographic. Many useful tools are available for parents and educators to talk to teens about vaping.

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For Many Young People, 2021 is the Year to Cancel Vaping

Reversing a toxic cultural trend

Vaping used to be seen as cool. But times have changed. As influencer Victoria Annunziato says, “Like many others, I started using e-cigarettes when I was young. I had no idea what nicotine was or how addictive it could be. I want to use my platform and work with truth to start a conversation about my own experience, so others can avoid the traps that got me hooked or quit with me if they are already vaping. I’m hopeful that my journey will inspire others and spread awareness.”

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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Health Concerns: Tobacco – Youth Zone – Health Canada

Too many young Canadians are still tempted by smoking. By giving you the facts about what smoking means to your body, your environment and who’s actually benefiting from the sale of tobacco products, we hope you’ll make an informed decision about lighting up.

On the Road to Quitting: Guide to Becoming a Non–Smoker for Young Adults – Health Canada – 2012

No matter how near or far you are from your goal of quitting smoking, this booklet will help you figure out what you want to do and provide the information you need to move forward. The steps are simple, and will help you quit smoking and stay smoke-free. On the Road to Quitting provides you with the facts, some food for thought, and ultimately arms you with the skills and motivation needed to make a plan when you’re ready to quit.

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Quash project, Lung Health Foundation

Please find attached an overview of the “Quash” project from the Lung Health Foundation (LHF). “Quash” is a behaviour change program, featuring an app that aims to help young people (14–30) quit smoking and/or vaping. The program also includes free, online, self-guided training for adults interested in delivering the program to young people. Through the Substance Use and Addictions Program, Health Canada has invested $960.9K over 3 years to fund this project.

Quit 4 Life – Break the Habit – Health Canada – 2012

Did you know that it takes more than will power to quit smoking? It takes skills and support, as well as your own motivation to quit. The new Quit4Life (Q4L) handbook can help you to quit smoking… for life. Q4L is organized around 4 central steps: Get Psyched, Get Smart, Get Support, Get On With It. The handbook will help you learn about why you smoke, how to quit and how to stay smoke-free once you get there.

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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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This World No Tobacco Day, Health Canada’s young adult tobacco cessation campaign, Break It Off, is challenging Canadians to pick a date to quit smoking.

Break It Off is a campaign that helps young adults quit smoking and stay smoke-free.

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Video – “Don’t Wait to Quit Smoking” – Health Canada – 2019

As part of the young adult tobacco cessation campaign, Break It Off, Health Canada has produced a video to encourage smokers to think about quitting smoking. The video showcases idealized moments in a young person’s life and asks the audience to quit smoking today, instead of waiting for a milestone in the future.

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Video: “Consider the Consequences of Vaping” – Health Canada – 2019

Even though vaping is less harmful than smoking, there are still consequences for you to consider. Vaping can expose you to chemicals that could harm your health. This video is aimed at youth and is part of Health Canada’s Consider the Consequences of Vaping education campaign.

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Webinar: Helping Youth Quit Vaping: Demonstrating OTRU’s New Mobile-friendly Solutions

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 12:00pm to 1:15pm EST

Please register for this webinar in advance. You will be sent a Zoom link after you register.

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Learning Resources for Community Leaders and Health Care Professionals

There are also many helpful resources under our Quit-Smoking – Adults page.

For Many Young People, 2021 is the Year to Cancel Vaping

Reversing a toxic cultural trend

Vaping used to be seen as cool. But times have changed. As influencer Victoria Annunziato says, “Like many others, I started using e-cigarettes when I was young. I had no idea what nicotine was or how addictive it could be. I want to use my platform and work with truth to start a conversation about my own experience, so others can avoid the traps that got me hooked or quit with me if they are already vaping. I’m hopeful that my journey will inspire others and spread awareness.”

New Cessation Website for NB

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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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.

Tobacco Use and Cessation with Youth and Young Adults in Canada – Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

Discusses key concepts regarding tobacco use by youth and young adults, such as prevalence rates, motivations for tobacco use and cessation, and specific tobacco interventions for this population. Additionally, this course provides you with the foundational information needed to design and execute tobacco cessation programming that effectively engages youth and young adults.

World No Tobacco Day 2021

31 May is World No Tobacco Day

This yearly celebration informs the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, what WHO is doing to fight the tobacco epidemic, and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations.

The Member States of the World Health Organization created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes. In 1987, the World Health Assembly passed Resolution WHA40.38, calling for 7 April 1988 to be a “a world no-smoking day.” In 1988, Resolution WHA42.19 was passed, calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, every year on 31 May.

“Commit to quit”

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to millions of tobacco users saying they want to quit. Commit to quit today and sign the pledge.

More than 100 reasons to quit tobacco

Tobacco causes 8 million deaths every year. When evidence was released this year that smokers were more likely to develop severe disease with COVID-19 compared to non-smokers, it triggered millions of smokers to want to quit tobacco. Quitting can be challenging, especially with the added social and economic stress that have come as a result of the pandemic, but there are a lot of reasons to quit.

The benefits of quitting tobacco are almost immediate. After just 20 minutes of quitting smoking, your heart rate drops. Within 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal. Within 2-12 weeks, your circulation improves and lung function increases. Within 1-9 months, coughing and shortness of breath decrease. Within 5-15 years, your stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker. Within 10 years, your lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker. Within 15 years, your risk of heart disease is that of a non-smoker. If that’s not enough here are a few more reasons!

Success Stories – Teens and Young Adults Who Quit Smoking

For all the world to know, even with life’s challenges Gabriella Simon’s Personal Smoking Cessation Story.

In August, the New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition found out about Gabriella Simon through Twitter, by searching for a new success story to feature this fall. "I forgot to say it's been one year since I quit smoking cigarettes!" she wrote in a tweet. Simon, 20, is from the Burnt Church First Nation, in northeastern New Brunswick. Out of her more than 40,700 tweets, this one will stand out. No wonder it gained retweets and likes from her followers, who can now expect a similar update on every August 5th from now on. The date has a significant meaning for [...]

“Break It Off” Campaign Comes to New Brunswick! Students Embrace Newfound Savings By Dumping their Cigarettes.

What do you get when you mix a few young, outgoing and high energy smoking cessation ambassadors on a cross-Canada tour with an eye-catching truck from which young people can tell the world, via the power of social media, what they will do with the money they save by not smoking? You get Canada’s Biggest Break Up Tour, an innovative and highly engaging campaign led by Health Canada aimed at getting young people to Break It Off with their cigarettes or, for non-smokers, commit to remaining smoke-free. “Breaking up is never easy, but don't worry, you're not alone!” states [...]

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