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January 19, 2009

Plan on Quitting? Plan on Smokers' Helpline

We all know good reasons to quit smoking: to be healthier, to have more money, so family and friends close to us breathe easier. But even with all the good reasons and resolve to quit - it is a challenge.

Smokers' Helpline can double your chances of successfully quitting.

Research shows that six months after calling the Smokers' Helpline, 90% of smokers have made progress toward quitting, such as setting a quit date or cutting down on tobacco use. Additionally, 90% of those who called the line would recommend it to others.

Quitting isn't an event; it's a process. Smokers' Helpline is a free, bilingual, one-to one and confidential service which recognizes not all smokers are at the same stage. Some people know they will quit in the future. Some have tried many times before. Others are ready to quit today.

At any point in your process, a Smokers' Helpline Quit Specialist will listen to your concerns, assess your needs, and tailor the call to your personal situation. This may include providing information on smoking and quitting, helping develop a quit plan, or coming up with strategies to cope with withdrawal symptoms, slips and relapses. The Quit Specialists offer supportive, encouraging and non-judgemental service, tailor-made for each individual's needs. 

Smokers' Helpline will also provide information to individuals wanting to help a friend or loved one quit smoking.  

To speak directly to a trained Quit Specialist call 1-877-513-5333.

The hours of operation for this service are:

Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday to Sunday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
There is a 24-hour messaging service available.

An interactive, web-based version of Smokers' Helpline is now also available. Smokers' Helpline Online is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and offers tips, tools and support to help you quitting smoking or other tobacco use. Visit www.smokershelpline.ca.

The Smokers' Helpline is a program of the Canadian Cancer Society, with financial contributions from Health Canada and the Government of Manitoba.

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