Quitting Smoking

5 Tips To Help You Stop Smoking For Good

AFP Relaxnews | Posted 02.13.2017 | Canada Living

Reduce your risk of a heart attack by cutting your smoking habit today.

Keeping New Year's Resolutions Is A Marathon, Not A Sprint

World Vision | Posted 01.18.2017 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Last year, I ran the Boston marathon with Team World Vision to raise money for clean water projects in developing countries. I'm planning on doing so again this year. Training for marathons requires discipline and motivation over a long period of time, much like what's required to form any new habit or routine.

Smoking Can Damage Your DNA

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Living

A pack a day will most definitely destroy your DNA.

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.

Smokers Get A Terrifying Glimpse Into The Future

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Living

It's basically the opposite of a makeover.

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...

Mental Illness Programs Shouldn't Force Abstinence On Smokers

Marvin Ross | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada
Marvin Ross

Mental illness patients who smoke are discriminated against by having separate smoking rooms in hospitals closed. As a result, they are being forced to leave the hospital grounds to smoke if they are not in locked units. This is unsafe for patients and others.

This Fatty Acid Could Help You Quit Smoking

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Living

Taking omega-3 supplements reduces nicotine cravings and the number of cigarettes smoked per day, according to a first-of-its-kind study conducted at ...

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 Is Why It's Vital You're Successful the First Time You Quit Smoking

Nishaan Sharma | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Living
Nishaan Sharma

The pain and terror that seem, for those first few days, like everything -- seen, smelled, tasted, heard, felt -- will be replaced by a longing similar to the kind one feels towards an old paramour. It is even possible that you will be capable of returning to the warm arms of the infrequent cigarette at some distant speck in the future without drowning again in the compulsion.

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 ...

Losing Weight is Not a "Behaviour" in the Way That Quitting Smoking Is

Arya M. Sharma, MD | Posted 12.09.2013 | Canada Living
Arya M. Sharma, MD

Let me explain: When I tell patients to stop smoking, they know exactly what to do, namely to stop putting a cigarette in their mouth and inhaling its smoke. That's a behaviour they can change. When they stop smoking they have "successfully" changed a behaviour -- that's behaviour change, end of story.

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 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...

How Healthy Can Ex-Smokers Get After Quitting?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.22.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - A new study suggests that ex-smokers can gain a health status similar to those of people their own age who never smoked — but the process ...

Is It Possible To Erase The Effects Of Smoking From Your Body?

CBC | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Living

Smoking cuts at least 10 years off lifespan but quitting before age 40 regains most of that time, a large new study suggests. Canadian, A...

The Government's Addiction to Smoking

Phil Froats | Posted 03.20.2013 | Canada
Phil Froats

When you look at the numbers alone, it boggles the mind why there have not been more measures taken to curb or eliminate smoking altogether. One of the main reasons is governments' addiction to tobacco taxes. At times, they show their true colours and flash this addiction for all to see.

Is THIS What Your Body Looks Like On Tobacco?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.11.2012 | Canada Living

Smokers, you aren't looking so good on the inside. In a new ad campaign by the Cancer Society of Finland, the 'Tobacco Body,' goes beyond the imag...

WATCH: How To Quit The Butt

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.31.2012 | Canada Living

If you're a smoker and aren't yet thinking about quitting, congratulations -- today is your day. For the past 24 years, the World Health Organizati...

Who Is Still Smoking In Canada?

CBC | Posted 07.09.2012 | Canada Living

Smoking rates continue to drop and have led to a decline in cancer death rates, but a sizable number of Canadians continue to light up. In...

Up in Smoke: Day 2--Success! (Sort of)

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 03.20.2012 | Canada
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

There's a gnawing in my stomach, as if a string of spikes is gently lodged against my gut. It's this that prevents me from eating; the stomach pains. In fact, a Big Mac Meal is the first thing eaten since waking up yesterday morning. I'm at six cigarettes. Usually by this point, I'd have smoked about 15.

A Grandmother's Warning to Young Smokers

Yvonne Crittenden | Posted 03.18.2012 | Canada
Yvonne Crittenden

I started smoking around the age of 16 when it was still glamorous (!) and no warnings of cancer, back in the early 50s. I worked myself up to a pack a day in my late teens, then smoked for the next 20 years. Everyone (including my parents and siblings) smoked in those days.