Thinking about quitting smoking? Congratulations! That means you’ve already taken the first step toward better health. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do to take care of yourself. It will significantly reduce your risk for an unbelievably long list of health conditions.
Besides lengthening your life, quitting smoking will also improve your quality of life. You’ll be able to enjoy breathing easier, you’ll have more energy, and you’ll gain some peace of mind.
We know that quitting smoking is easier said than done. It often takes people more than one try to quit smoking for good. However, success rates are much higher when you get some help, such as with the assistance of our Smoking Cessation Program.
Don’t learn to live with your pain. If you have chronic pain (which means any pain that lasts for six months or longer) it’s probably not going to go away on its own.
Our Chronic Pain Programs are customized for each patient and take a comprehensive approach. That means we can address all aspects of your health including physical, functional, and psychological issues.
This is useful because there are a lot of different factors that contribute to chronic pain. For example, did you know that anxiety and depression can increase your chronic pain symptoms? Or that problems with your feet can be the cause of chronic back pain? That’s why our whole-body approach is so effective at chronic pain management.
Your Custom Plan
At Activa Clinics, we provide personalized health care. That means all of our treatments are tailored to the unique needs of the patient. Our Smoking Cessation Program is no different.
We’ll start by speaking with you about your medical history, smoking habits, concerns, symptoms, and health goals. Then we’ll create a custom plan to help you get smoke-free.
There are a number of treatment options that can be incorporated into your custom plan. They include:
Our wide range of services means we can provide solutions to help with other issues that are associated with quitting smoking. For instance, we have nutritionists and physiotherapists who can help with diet and exercise programs to help avoid weight gain, and we have mental health professionals that provide coping strategies for increased stress or depression stemming from nicotine withdrawal.
The sooner you quit smoking the better, but it’s important to remember that it’s never too late. For example, smokers who quit at age 50 can gain about six years of life expectancy over those who continue to smoke.
Cost and Coverage
Just like most of our treatments, our Smoking Cessation Program are covered by extended health plans, such as coverage you may have through work. So these programs are usually available at little or no cost to you. If you don’t have coverage or are unsure, give us a call and we can help. We can also provide our treatments at competitive rates.
If you qualify for the Ontario Drug Benefit Program it includes coverage to help you quit smoking:
- up to a year of pharmacist-assisted counselling (talk to your pharmacist or health care provider)
- drugs (Champix or Zyban) if you are age 18 years or older
Nicotine patches, nicotine gums, lozenges, dill pickle, and popsicles are among the most common replacements for smoking caused by oral fixation and nicotine addiction. E-cigarettes and vapes have also been sold as a healthier choice than cigarettes. They may be used as a way to quit smoking or as a replacement for smoking.
The most effective strategy to quit smoking for good is to combine a quit-smoking product with a program that includes support from professionals trained to treat tobacco dependence. Consider joining a community stop-smoking group or starting in-person counseling.
It’s common for everyone to gain weight after you stop smoking, especially during the first several months — but it isn’t inevitable. Smoking acts as an appetite suppressant and may slightly increase your metabolism as well.