SELF-HELP (for Smokers)
In this section you will find plenty of helpful tips to help you take action to live a healthier, smokefree life.
Smokers will find plenty of self-help information.
Family and friends of smokers may find this information useful to better understand what their loved ones are going through, and to share tips with them.
Health professionals will also find effective tips to share with smokers to assist them in kicking the habit to live healthier.
There are plenty of tips listed on the website, however there is also a list of various resource materials which are available through the Smokers' Helpline.
Quitting - the Stages of Change
Quitting smoking is a process.
Review the Stages of Quitting below to determine which stage you are currently in. Then click on your stage to get helpful tips to help you move forward with quitting and staying smokefree.
This is the stage when you are not even thinking about quitting. You are not ready to start any process toward change and you are probably not thinking of the health benefits of quitting. Enter here to find out the truth about tobacco addiction! It canít hurt to simply start thinking about taking some small steps towards cutting back or quitting.
The contemplation stage means you are thinking about quitting smoking in the near future, but may not be totally prepared to quit. Enter here to find information to help you finally make the decision to quit & get motivated to take some action.
This is when you are thinking more seriously about quitting & you are in the process of preparing to quit. You may have already begun to cut back on the amount that you are smoking, or you may have a quit day set. Enter here to find out more about ways to cut back, or tips on setting a successful quit day.
This stage refers to when you take action and quit, and the first 2 weeks of being smokefree. At this stage you need a variety of methods to handle cravings as you adjust to your new smokefree life. As well, you need to know what to expect in terms of possible withdrawal symptoms. Enter here to find much helpful information to get you through this initial period of adjustment.
MaintenanceThis stage refers to the weeks, months & years after you have quit smoking. By now you have generally adjusted to living without cigarettes. However, you still have to watch out and continue to use many of the strategies that helped you quit. Enter here to find out how to stay quit forever!