Visit the BC Smoking Cessation web site for plenty of tips on quitting smoking.

Give yourself the gift of quitting cigarettes

Quitting smoking tops the list of new year's resolutions for many British Columbians and there is help available

The first days of the new year are upon us and perhaps you are one of the many who have been thinking about becoming tobacco free in 2017. What an amazing gift to give to yourself, your family and friends!

Approximately 550,000 British Columbians smoke and more than 70 per cent of those people say they wish they could quit. Many British Columbians are planning to quit smoking this year so you are not alone.

Making a plan to quit can increase your chances of success. Make sure your plan includes a quit date to help you get started on your tobacco free journey and be sure to tell the supportive people in your life when that day is. If you have tried to quit before, think about what worked, what did not work and how you might use that information to make your next quit attempt your last one. Past attempts are real learning opportunities so stay positive and plan one step at and time.

Support and resources are available and can bolster your success.

QuitNow offers free personalized support to British Columbians 24 hours a day. They can provide the tools and support to help increase your chances of quitting. They can be reached online at or by calling 1-877-455-2233 or by texting QUITNOW to 654321.

The B.C. Smoking Cessation Program offers British Columbians access to nicotine replacement therapy in the form of patches, gum, lozenges or inhaler to help reduce withdrawal symptoms. Joining the program is easy, simply visit any community pharmacy in the province and ask to join B.C Smoking Cessation Program.

Don’t forget your health-care provider can also be a great support, so be sure to tell them your plans to become smoke free and ask how they can support you.

In addition to many health benefits, quitting can save a person $3,650 in the first year if they have smoked a pack a day. Remember to be kind to yourself and reward yourself for being tobacco free.

For more information on quitting smoking visit the BC Smoking Cessation Program website.

Trish Hill is the integrated tobacco program team leader with Interior Health.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Andrew Allen performed for two intimate crowds of 50 at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Oct. 17. (Camillia Courts Photography)
Live events continue on Vernon stage

First Andrew Allen plays two sold-out shows, next up have a laugh with comedian Mike Delamont

Caken Me Crazy and Saucies27 Pizza combine dinner and dessert under one roof on 27th Street. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Pizza and cake businesses combine forces in Vernon

Small businesses share space to offer sweet and savoury

Robert Smithson of Smithson Employment Law Corporation presents a $10,000 donation to the Habitat for Humanity Okanagan’s Kelowna ReStore. (Contributed)
Habitat for Humanity’s Lake Country build gets $10,000 boost

“I couldn’t be more pleased to offer my support,” says Kelowna employment lawyer Robert Smithson

BC Greens candidate Keli Westgate is running for the seat in Vernon-Monashee in the upcoming Oct. 24, 2020, election. (Contributed)
BC VOTES 2020: Meet your Vernon-Monashee Candidates: Keli Westgate, BC Greens

Keli Westgate is vying for the Vernon-Monashee seat

BC NDP candidate Harwdiner Sandhu is running for the seat in Vernon-Monashee in the upcoming Oct. 24 election. (Contributed)
BC VOTES 2020: Meet your Vernon-Monashee Candidates: Harwinder Sandhu, BC NDP

BC NDP candidate Harwinder Sandhu is vying for the Vernon-Monashee seat

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry gives a daily briefing on COVID-19 cases at an almost empty B.C. Legislature press theatre in Victoria, B.C., on March 25, 2020. (Don Craig/B.C. government)
B.C. sees 223 new COVID-19 cases, now 2,009 active

Two new care home outbreaks in Surrey, Burnaby

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Thanks to efforts by a Kelowna shelter and Elections BC, anyone who wishes to can vote in the 2020 BC Provincial Election, even if they don’t have a fixed address. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Kelowna group ensures people experiencing homelessness can vote

Shelter supervisor says voting ‘a fundamental right’ even for those without a fixed address

(Big White Ski Resort photo)
Big White receives 21 cm of snow in 24 hours

Resort’s snow base 41 cm deep, one month until opening day

The deer were allegedly shot within Princeton town limits, late at night. Black Press File Photo.
Armed man, in full camouflage, allegedly shoots deer in downtown Princeton

‘The list of charges goes on and on,’ said RCMP Sgt. Rob Hughes

Copies of an unsolicited newspaper have been reported arriving in mailboxes in Lavington and Predator Ridge among other municipalities across British Columbia. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
LETTER: Questionable newspaper appears in mailboxes

‘I would suggest people do their own research of this ‘newspaper’ before subscribing to it,’ Morning Star reader says

100 Mile Conservation officer Joel Kline gingerly holds an injured but very much alive bald eagle after extracting him from a motorist’s minivan. (Photo submitted)
B.C. driver thought he retrieved a dead bald eagle – until it came to life in his backseat

The driver believed the bird to be dead and not unconscious as it turned out to be

Chastity Davis-Alphonse took the time to vote on Oct. 21. B.C’s general Election Day is Saturday, Oct. 24. (Chastity Davis-Alphonse Facebook photo)
B.C. reconciliation advocate encourages Indigenous women to vote in provincial election

Through the power of voice and education Chastity Davis-Alphonse is hopeful for change

Most Read