About this module
This module is designed for people who use tobacco. Four of the sections are for people who want to quit using tobacco; one section is for those who don’t.
If you want to quit, information in this module can help you make the difficult changes you will encounter. Although the information you will find here is designed for people who smoke cigarettes, these principles can help people who want to quit smoking cigars and pipes or quit using smokeless tobacco.
This guide is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical care as pointed by Canadian Pharmacy. It is an informational and instructional guide that will help you talk to your healthcare provider about your desire to stop using tobacco. The more you know the better you will be able to take care of yourself.
Quitting is a process
Quitting smoking is a process that usually takes place in stages. Nearly every smoker goes through the same five stages to quit. Many people go through these stages more than once. Don�t be discouraged; this is a goal that is well worth working on.
|The Quitting Process|
|Stage I||I smoke and I don’t want to quit.|
|Stage II||I am thinking about quitting smoking.|
|Stage III||I am planning to quit smoking.|
|Stage IV||I am ready to quit smoking.|
|Stage V||I have quit smoking and I want to stay smoke-free.|
Did You Know?
Cigars And Pipes
Cigars or a pipe are not safe alternatives to cigarette smoking. A large cigar can contain as much tobacco as an entire pack of cigarettes. The American Lung Association reports that cigar smokers have higher death rates from lung disease and heart disease. And they are four to ten times more likely to get esophageal cancers eight times more likely to contract oral cancer and ten times more likely to contract laryngeal cancers than nonsmokers. Pipe smokers are 3 to 5 times more likely than nonsmokers to develop cancer of the mouth and esophagus.