Quitting Smoking

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

Nishaan Sharma | Posted 06.10.2014 | 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 03.25.2013 | 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. ...

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.

Up In Smoke: Day One (Hint: I Cave)

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 03.19.2012 | Canada
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

Quitting smoking is like breaking up with a lousy girlfriend who you've been dating for a long, long time. Sure she hurts you at times, she puts you in a bad mood, she's not always at hand when she ought to be. But it doesn't matter, because like with everything, once enough time elapses, a dependency is formed.

Up in Smoke: GUUUUUUUUH!

Miranda Frum | Posted 03.19.2012 | Canada
Miranda Frum

Day One: I need a cigarette. But I won't do it. If Odysseus can ignore the tempting screams of the Sirens, then I can ignore the pulsating migraine thumping against my skull.

Manitoba Will Help Cover Quit-Smoking Costs

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.28.2012 | Canada

WINNIPEG - Manitoba is now covering the cost of drug to help smokers quit.Healthy Living Minister Minister Jim Rondeau says Champix is a proven, effec...