Thinking of quitting? It’s National Non-Smoking Week

Here are some handy tips to help you conquer the monkey for good

ar’s National Non-Smoking Week is “breaking up is hard to do,” but breaking up with tobacco this new year is easier for British Columbians thanks to B.C.’s Smoking Cessation Program.

Since the program launched on Sept. 30, 2011, more than 63,000 British  Columbians have called 8-1-1 for free access to nicotine replacement therapies. Approximately 37,000 of these have been requests for first-time orders, representing almost seven per cent of B.C. smokers. Twenty-four thousand have been requests for refill orders and more than 19,000 people have obtained a prescription smoking cessation drug while visiting their physician for another reason.

The Smoking Cessation Program helps British Columbians stop smoking or using other tobacco products by assisting with the cost of smoking  cessation aids. Once each calendar year, B.C. residents enrolled with the  Medical Services Plan can receive PharmaCare coverage of a single  continuous course of treatment of a prescription smoking cessation drug or  a free 12-week supply of a nicotine replacement gum or patches.

After registering for the program, British Columbians can receive further support in quitting smoking from QuitNow Services. QuitNow has received more than 8,730 new web, text and telephone registrants since the Smoking Cessation Program began.

For more than 30 years, Canadians have observed National Non-Smoking Week  during the third full week of January. This year National Non-Smoking  Weeks runs from Jan. 15-21 and focuses include raising awareness of the  dangers of smoking and ensuring residents have access to information on how to quit smoking.




Quick Facts:

• Nicotine Replacement Therapy orders by location:  (Sept. 30, 2011 through Jan. 5, 2012)

– Fraser Health = 20,803 or 33 per cent of all orders

– Interior Health = 14,126 or 22 per cent of all orders

– Northern Health = 3,680 or six per cent of all orders

– Vancouver Coastal = 8,743 or 14 per cent of all orders

– Vancouver Island Health Authority = 12,597 or 20 per cent of all orders

– No postal code = 3,832 or six per cent of all orders

– Already in 2012, HealthLink BC has taken approximately 4,500 orders for




• There are estimated 550,000 smokers in B.C. and about 70 per cent say they would like to quit.

• Each year, more than 6,000 British Columbians die from the effects of tobacco use. The cost to the B.C. economy is approximately $2.3 billion  annually, including $605 million for direct health-care costs.




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Thinking of quitting and looking for more information on how to plan?

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