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With the high levels of smokers in Northeast B.C., Northern Health is advising residents that it’s never too late to quit smoking.

Monica Jacquard, a counsellor for Northern Health’s Nicotine Intervention Counselling Center, advises that quitting cold turkey is not the only way to quit. She says smokers are most likely to succeed in quitting if they take part in counselling as well as using medications.

According to Jacquard, one’s chances of quitting for good increase 60 per cent if they seek counselling, and those odds are doubled with the addition of medication. Jacquard also argues that relapse happens to most people; on average it takes 7 tries to quit smoking. She again advises reaching out for help, as “relapse always starts in our minds”.

Tobacco kills about 45,000 Canadians a year, and according to Health Canada, more than 1,100 deaths a year may be linked to second-hand smoking. For more information on smoking cessation, visit Northern Health Intervention Counselling Center’s website.

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