Quit Smoking

You're Not Alone On Your Journey To Quit Smoking

Susan Winship | Posted 11.23.2016 | Canada Living
Susan Winship

As all smokers know, quitting is challenging and terrifying. It took 25 years of my doctor insisting I quit, before I was able to successfully stop smoking. I tried everything, including cold turkey and prescription medication; nothing worked. I knew I wanted to change my life around for the better.

Are E-Cigarettes Safe?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

I walked through a cloud of tutti-frutti smelling smoke the other day, and it got me wondering about e-cigarettes. Are they safe? Are the bad for you? Why do they smell like fruit? So, I spoke with Leslie Gibson, occupational therapist and member of Sunnybrook's Smoking Cessation Committee, to answer some common questions about e-cigarettes.

The Truth About Hookah Smoking And Your Health

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

I've heard before that smoking hookah is fine for your health and not at all like smoking cigarettes. To set the record straight and find out how hookah smoking can affect our health, I spoke to Bonnie Bristow, a Sunnybrook radiation therapist and leader on the Smoking Cessation Team.

Surprising Ways Smoking Affects Your Body (And Your Family's Bodies Too)

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Smoking cigarettes doubles the risk of changes in the lens of your eye, resulting in cataracts... It triples the risk of age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness over 65 years old. And it also increases the risk of glaucoma, another leading risk of blindness.

Lung Cancer Is Preventable And Treatable With Early Detection

William Osler Health System | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Living
William Osler Health System

It is important to know that unlike other types of cancers, lung cancer doesn't show symptoms until in much later stages. This means that by the time an individual begins to notice changes to his or her health, the cancer has significantly advanced, often making treatment more complex. However, there is still hope.

The Day My Family Made Me Want To Quit

Laura d'Esterre-Musgrave | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Parents
Laura d'Esterre-Musgrave

I may not be at my preferred weight, and some days I may feel stressed and anxious, but my family is there for me, and I will be there for them: for my loving husband, my children and someday, their children. Quitting has increased my chances of being around for many more Mother's Days to come.

Taking A Run Outside My Comfort Zone Saved My Life

Mark McDonald | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Living
Mark McDonald

It was the spring of 2005, I was an overweight smoker and on the fast track to an early grave. I was 23-years-old, weighed 260 pounds and smoked a pack a day. My eating habits were poor with little to no exercise. Changes had to be made.

Researchers Have Figured Out The Best Way To Quit Smoking

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 03.17.2016 | Canada Living

Chances are, you've probably tried this method.

Use These Tips To Help You Quit Smoking

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 01.21.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

If you are reading this, chances are you are thinking about quitting smoking, or you'd like to find ways to help a loved one quit. And if so, congratulations on taking this first step! Quitting smoking is a journey, not an event. It can take time and require lots of support from family, friends or your healthcare provider.

6 Nice Things You Can Do For Your Heart This Year

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 01.08.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Here are six changes you can make to your lifestyle to help out your heart (and other parts of you, too). Try even just one to give your heart a little love this year.

What if We Paid People to Quit Smoking?

Bill Bogart | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

A study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine addresses an interesting, incremental way to motivate people to butt out: you pay them. In a previous post I've written about both the public and private sector rewarding people for healthy living, including in terms of being more physically active and eating/drinking more nutritiously. Paying people to quit may, at first, seem far fetched. But it is part of a larger movement to implement what are regarded as sound policies without invoking the heavy hand of the state: regulating lite.

Yup, Even A Few Cigarettes Can Be Harmful

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 04.20.2015 | Canada Living

Despite decades of public health campaigning, many smokers think it's okay to just smoke a few cigarettes a day yet they underestimate their risks, ac...

The Unadvertised Health Risks of E-Cigarettes

Dr. Brett Belchetz | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Brett Belchetz

So when no evidence exists to show that e-cigarettes are safe for long-term use by humans, when laboratory studies demonstrate worrisome potential physiological risks, and when strong evidence is mounting that e-cigarettes are leading our youth to consider smoking tobacco cigarettes, I would contend that caution here is the only reasonable approach.

Trying to Quit Smoking? Your DNA Might Be Holding You Back

University of Toronto News | Posted 03.16.2015 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

If you're trying to quit smoking, new research from the University of Toronto suggests the first thing you need to understand is your DNA.

Your Body Could Be Keeping You From Quitting Smoking

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.13.2015 | Canada Living

TORONTO - It seems not all smokers are created equal when it comes to how their bodies handle nicotine, and that could have big implications for anyon...

Want To Quit Smoking? Track Your Period

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Living

Quitting smoking is often at the top of many people's New Year's resolution lists, but despite innovations that will supposedly help you stop the habi...

Cigarettes Are About To Get 80% More Expensive In This Country

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 09.11.2014 | Canada Living

South Korea on Thursday proposed a steep 80 per cent hike in cigarette prices to cut consumption in a nation with one of the world's highest male smok...

This Test Could Determine Which Smokers Need Extra Help To Quit

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 06.18.2014 | Canada Living

Researchers at Duke University say that heavily dependent, male smokers who do not repond to nicotine replacement might need to combine cessation meth...

Sending A Text To A Smoker May Help Them Quit

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada Living

Researchers convinced 11 per cent of smokers to ignore their cravings via text messaging in a new study, whereas only 5 perc ent of the control group ...

People Who Use E-Cigarettes Probably Won't Quit Smoking

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Living

People who use electronic cigarettes do not report higher rates of quitting than regular cigarette smokers, according to a US study out Monday. The...

Yes, Quitting Smoking Makes You Happier

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 02.14.2014 | Canada Living

Moderate or heavy smokers who quit tobacco get a boost in mental wellbeing that, for people who are anxious or stressed, is equivalent to taking anti-...

The Best Day Of The Week To Quit Smoking

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 12.30.2013 | Canada Living

If you're like millions of people around the globe, quitting smoking tops your New Year's resolution list. But experts say that rather than trying to ...

Why Ex-Smokers REALLY Gain Weight

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 08.30.2013 | Canada Living

Nervous nibbles alone do not explain the weight that people tend to gain when they give up smoking, Swiss researchers said Thursday, turning the spotl...

Can THIS Help You Kick Your Smoking Habit?

AFP | Posted 08.13.2013 | Canada Living

If you're trying to snuff out a nicotine habit, a small new study suggests that meditation could help. A U.S. study announced Sunday and published ...

Can This Help Canadian Smokers Quit?

Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.10.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - A move to take advantage of rare advances in lung cancer treatment is being undermined by slow action on the part of provinces to pay for te...