QuitNow Launches New Resources to Help Smokers Kick the Habit

smoking cessationSmoking is bad for your health and can cause negative health effects, such as cancer and disease. Since 1999, smoking rates have declined, from 18% of women to 11%, but only from 20% to 18% for men. Right now, there are an estimated 100,000 more men than women smokers in BC.

QuitNow – a province-wide Lung Association resource funded by the BC Ministry of Health, is available to help those who wish to quit smoking find resources and support for their journey.

Note: If you would like to quit smoking, consult with your family physician as a first step.

While men are still accessing smoking cessation services, such as at QuitNow – a province-wide Lung Association resource funded by the BC Ministry of Health, their rate of uptake is not as high as with women. It isn’t that men don’t want to quit smoking (men make more quit attempts than women), it’s rather that men approach quitting in different ways than women.

Developed by a collaborative research team from UBC led by prominent men’s health advocate Dr. John Oliffe and the BC Lung Association, the QuitNow Men website was created to aid those who are looking for additional resources to help them reduce and quit smoking.

Here is what you can find on the website http://men.quitnow.ca/:

Getting started

  • Recognizing things that may trigger cravings and how to tackle each one

Surviving quit day

  • Tips on how to select the best day

Staying on track

  • Quick tips to beat cravings
  • Ways to deal with withdrawal symptoms

Selecting a quit method best for you

  • Information on quit coaches, motivational support, patches, gum, smoking cessation drugs, cutting down, cold turkey

Stay tuned with Benefits FYI in 2015 for updates on how this project is progressing.

For more information and contact details for QuitNow Men, click here.

How UBC Can Support You:

Smoking Cessation Program

UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider Homewood Health offers smoking cessation support through their PlanSmart telephone coaching service. Click here for more information and contact details.

Smoking Cessation Drugs

UBC’s Extended Health plan provides reimbursement for smoking cessation products requiring a prescription as well as over-the-counter products, with a prescription. The maximum is $300 per person per benefit year.

If you have a prescription for Bupropion (brand name Zyban®) or Varenicline (brand name Champix®), PharmaCare will reimburse you at 100% for the first 12 weeks; after 12 weeks, the Extended Health Plan will reimburse you. When filling your prescription at the pharmacy, be sure to use your pay-direct drug card so that coordination of payment automatically occurs between PharmaCare and the Extended Health Plan.