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Tips to help a relative quit smoking for Family Day

SIMCOE, FEBRUARY 11, 2011 – Family Day is approaching on February 21st, reminding us of how much we value our loved ones. We all wish good health for our relatives and quitting smoking is one the best actions someone can take to improve their health. The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit suggests some ways to support a family member who may be thinking of quitting:

Don’t nag, lecture or put down: most smokers know the health risks of smoking.
Ask the person if they are ready for a conversation about quitting, and ask how you can best support them as they prepare.
Give up something that you enjoy, such as a favourite dessert, for moral support.
Learn about the addiction and quitting process: try talking with a Quit Coach, for free, at the Canadian Cancer Society Smokers’ Helpline at 1-877-513-5333.
For extra motivation to set a quit date, let a family member know how they can quit and win in The Driven to Quit Challenge; be their buddy and you can win too.
The Driven to Quit Challenge encourages Ontario residents over the age of 19 to quit smoking, with the support of a buddy, for the month of March. Participants in the contest have a chance to win a new Honda hybrid, a vacation getaway and more. Buddies of entrants can also win a $200 MasterCard gift card for their support.

“The Driven to Quit Challenge is a great icebreaker when you want to approach the topic of quitting smoking with a relative,” said Lina Hassen, Health Promoter with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit. “Everyone can use some motivation to get started with quitting, and picturing yourself behind the wheel of a new car can provide just that.”

You can issue an e-mail challenge to a family member at www.DrivenToQuit.ca. The site also features more information on helping someone to quit. Registration is open until February 28, 2011.

Presented in collaboration with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit, The Driven to Quit Challenge is hosted by the Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division, with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion & Sport and generous prize support from McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson Inc.

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Media contact:
Lina Hassen
Health Promoter, Population Health Team
Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
Ext. 3248 at either 519-426-6170 or 905-318-6623
lina.hassen@hnhu.org