Five resources at your disposal to quit smoking

Quitting smoking is certainly a major challenge. Fortunately, it isn't necessary to do it alone. There are a number of available resources to help you. It is up to you to discover what they are to maximize your chances of success!

Telephone helpline or iQuit now website

The iQuit now website provides a wealth of information to facilitate smoking cessation. Among other things, it allows you to establish your smoking habits, determine at what stage of the smoking cessation process you are at, and identify the reasons why you smoke. Thus, you can establish a personalized strategy and a timetable that will help you to complete the necessary steps to quit smoking.

The website also includes a discussion forum where you can chat with smoking cessation specialists or with smokers or former smokers who have gone through the same process as you have. If you wish to speak to a smoking cessation specialist by telephone, the helpline 1-866-JARRETE (1-866-527-7383) is open from Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Quit to win! kit

The Quit to win! challenge is a Quebec campaign that takes place each year in March. When you sign up, you agree to quit smoking for six weeks on your own or with the help of a sponsor (smoker or non smoker). There are prizes to be won for those who successfully complete the challenge.

When you sign up for the Quit to win! challenge, you can also receive a free help kit from your Jean Coutu affiliated pharmacy. This kit contains items that will help you during the smoking cessation process, for instance:

  • five information cards to help you to successfully complete the challenge
  • the PJC Friendly Advice Do you want to quit smoking?
  • a stress ball to help distract you when you get a craving, and
  • an information brochure on pharmaceutical aids for smoking cessation such as patches, chewing gum, lozenges, inhalers or sprays

Upon receiving the help kit, you could also win a PJC Jean Coutu gift card with a $100 value redeemable in-store. Find out more from our pharmacy team.

Smoking cessation centres

Smoking cessation centres (SCC) give you access to exclusive resources—their services are provided free of charge by healthcare professionals who have received training in smoking cessation by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux.

SCCs provide individual and group support. Advisors can help you to manage withdrawal symptoms and stress related to smoking cessation, in addition to answering your questions. You can locate the SCC closest to you by visiting: iQuit now or by calling the helpline at 1-866-JARRETE (1-866-527-7383).

SMAT

SMAT (Short Messages Against Tobacco) is a resource that has been put at your disposal 24 hours a day by the Canadian Cancer Society. This service is intended to guide and motivate you via the transmission of text messages during the smoking cessation process. After signing up, you will receive about 80 text messages over a 28-week period.

In addition to these basic messages, you can also receive situation-specific information by sending SMAT a text message containing a key word. For instance, if you have a cigarette craving and you send the word "craving", you will receive advice to avoid a relapse.

Your pharmacist

Last, but certainly not the least, your pharmacist is a valuable ally in the fight against tobacco. Pharmacists can accompany you throughout the process, whether to:

  • offer thought-provoking ideas to begin the smoking cessation process
  • help you develop an action plan
  • prescribe a nicotine replacement therapy (i.e. patch, chewing gum, lozenges, inhaler, or spray)
  • direct you to your doctor if they think oral medication is preferable
  • give you tips and tricks to deal with withdrawal symptoms, and
  • encourage you to continue despite the difficulties you encounter

For additional information about smoking cessation, read the following text: Your pharmacist's role in smoking cessation.

Quitting smoking is a large-scale fight, but the path ahead leads to a better life. Fortunately, you are not alone in your fight against smoking. There are organizations, healthcare professionals, friends, and loved ones who are all at your side to help you say no to cigarettes once and for all. Don't hesitate to turn to your allies, as with their support, victory is almost assured!

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Five resources at your disposal to quit smoking

Quitting smoking is certainly a major challenge. Fortunately, it isn't necessary to do it alone. There are a number of available resources to help you. It is up to you to discover what they are to maximize your chances of success!
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