Personalized quit plans, coaching and financial support for nicotine replacement therapy will be offered to those eligible care of the B.C. Government Smoking Cessation Program
During the month of October, tobacco users in the lower mainland will have a new support resource to help them kick their habit and lead healthier lives. The BC Government’s QuitNow program, in conjunction with the BC Lung Association, has partnered with London Drugs to host smoking cessation walk-in clinics in 10 BC Lower Mainland London Drugs pharmacies from October 2nd to October 20nd.
During the smoking cessation clinics, London Drugs’ Certified Tobacco Educators (CTEs) will:
- Discuss practical tips and advice to help people reduce/quit tobacco
- Develop personalized quit plans to help people stop smoking
- Conduct age progression examples on the long-term effects of smoking using *April Age software (photo below)
- Offer BC smoking cessation program for nicotine replacement
QuitNow health promoters will be in attendance, conducting carbon monoxide testing and offering education on tools and resources available to help people to quit. Each attendee will also receive a Smoking Cessation Kit which includes tips on coping with withdrawal symptoms, getting rid of the tobacco smell, and also key factors to consider when it comes to teens and smoking.
“There is an ongoing need for our pharmacists to have an active role in helping people to quit smoking and tobacco use,” says Chris Chiew, general manager, pharmacy, London Drugs. “Joining together with QuitNow on this 10-clinic initiative allows us to work together to build awareness that resources and coaching ARE available to people, and at no cost. We sincerely hope those who are considering quitting smoking will visit us at one of these 10 clinics in October.”
Partnering with QuitNow is a natural progression in London Drugs’ ongoing efforts to help British Columbians quit smoking. Since 2014, London Drugs pharmacists have conducted more than 126,000 smoking cessation consultations.
“QuitNow is pleased to be able to work together with London Drugs to help the public understand the dangers of tobacco use and the tools available to help people to quit,” says Tracey Jirak, QuitNow. “Patient counseling is an integral component to any smoking cessation program and smokers who receive professional guidance and support have a much greater chance of successfully quitting.”
For clinic dates and locations, visit here: Smoking Cessation Clinics for more information.