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General Information about the Smoking Cessation Program

Smoking Cessation Program General Information about the Smoking Cessation Program Introduction to the Smoking Cessation Program: Nothing is more important for the prevention of several cancers and over 50 other diseases than eliminating the use of tobacco products. The Smoking Cessation Program provides knowledge and support for smokers who want to quit. It consists of a series of 8 group sessions and monthly follow-up support sessions offered at the Cancer Prevention Centre (CPC) at the Jewish General Hospital. The sessions are free and available to the general public and are given in French and English. The CPC’s Smoking Cessation Counsellor offers a few words about the program: “As you probably already know, stopping smoking is the most important thing that you can do for yourself. However, I must admit, quitting smoking is a major challenge. As a former smoker myself, and currently a smoking cessation counsellor, working in a busy hospital in Montreal, Canada, I regularly encounter the challenges and concerns of people who want to quit smoking. At the same time, I also note the great delight and pride that many of my clients express once they overcome the difficulties of quitting smoking.” Objective: The main objective of the Cancer Prevention Centre’s Smoking Cessation Program is to help individuals quit smoking. The program also strives to achieve the following specific goals: - Reduce the level of smoking in Quebec. - Target high-risk populations, which are groups that exhibit higher rates of smoking, because these populations require greater effort on our part in terms of helping to reduce the disparities in the rates of smoking between different populations in Quebec. - Be more proactive in the serious matter of preventing the younger generation from starting smoking at a young age. - Participate in activism by contributing to inaugurate government policies that will increase the smoking cessation rate in Quebec. - To reach out to other parts of the world and help establish smoking cessation programs and policies in other countries. Staff members: Dr. Michael Dworkind, MD, Associate Director, Lifestyle Section Joseph Erban, MA, TTS, Smoking Cessation Counsellor, Cancer Prevention Centre Distinctions: The Smoking Cessation Program has helped over a thousand individuals since it was established in 2004. Of the patients that have completed the program, 50% have successfully quit smoking and remained smoke free one year down the line. Moreover, one of the program’s goals is to reach out to other parts of the world and help establish smoking cessation programs and policies in other countries. In an effort to achieve this goal in China, a country with a very high rate of smoking, the Smoking Cessation Counsellor has written a manual in English titled “Be Smoke Free: A Quick guide to stop smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products” that was recently translated in Chinese and made available for free download online. In the near future, the manual will be translated into French, Hindi, and other languages. Please click on the links below to download the manual: English version of "Be Smoke Free: A Quick guide to stop smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products" Chinese version of "Be Smoke Free: A Quick guide to stop smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products" Most stop smoking programs have a sign-up fee. This presents a potential barrier to many individuals who wish to quit smoking but do not have the means to pay for the cost of joining a program. The Smoking Cessation Program’s sessions and maintenance sessions are completely free. In addition, former patients are always welcome to reconnect with the Counsellor if they are experiencing difficulties even years after they have completed the program: Individual counselling sessions can be arranged and are also free of charge. The Counsellor is currently working together with Rezo, which is a pro-health and wellness organization for gay men and bisexual males. Strategies are currently underway to develop stop smoking programs tailored to the needs of high-risk populations. Finally, the Cancer Prevention Centre is working in tandem with Santé Publique de Montreal and other Quebec and Canadian NOG working in tobacco control. Contact Information for general information about the program: Joseph Erban, MA, TTS Smoking Cessation Counsellor Department of Cancer Prevention Tel.: (514) 340-8222 extension 3870 | Fax: (514) 340-8600 Jewish General Hospital 3755 Côte-Sainte-Catherine Road Room E-740 Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3T 1E2