The Canadian Cancer Society's Smokers' Helpline
Toll-free, bilingual, confidential telephone service for all smokers, whether or not they are ready to quit. They can also assist family and friends who would like to help a smoker quit.
Hours of Operation:
|Mon to Thurs||8 a.m. – 9 p.m|
|Fri||8 a.m. – 6 p.m|
|Sat and Sun||8 a.m. – 5 p.m|
What Can I Do To Control My Smoking?
Start thinking about quitting. Consider the costs of smoking compared to the benefits.
Prepare to quit. Understand why you smoke and make a commitment to quit. Identify your triggers to smoke.
Quit. Set a quit date.
Stay smoke free. Prepare for any relapses.
Ask your doctor for more information about counseling and quitting aids.
What Can I Do To Control My Cravings?
Cravings can be triggered by three things:
- nicotine withdrawal. Signs of nicotine withdrawal include:
habits. Smoking can occur at the same time as another activity or emotion, such as driving, drinking alcohol or coffee, after a meal, or when stressed.memories, such as reminders of how nice it is to relax with a cigarette.
- increased appetite
You will feel cravings and urges, but they will eventually go away.
Avoid giving in to cravings
- Remind yourself the craving will pass.
- Do another activity, such as exercise, when you have a craving.
- Take deep breaths.
- Avoid activities that you associate with smoking.
What Can I Do To Avoid Exposure To Second-Hand Smoke?
To avoid second hand smoke:
- make your home and car smoke-free
- avoid locations where smoking is permitted
- talk to family members who smoke, and develop a plan together that respects both your environments