Ready to Quit?

Quitting in 2021? Great idea!

Western is a smoke-free environment to provide a healthier, clearner campus for all.  We know this can be challenging for those at Western who smoke.  We do know many are hoping to quit. In 2016, Western surveyed all faculty, staff and students and found that half of all respondents who said they smoke, also said they wanted to quit within in the next year.

If you are ready to quit smoking, there is no better time than right now. Western has some good resources to help you quit, and can also link you to community and online supports.

Not your first time trying to quit? Don't worry - just keep trying. Every day you do not smoke is a day when you are taking a step ahead.

Here are some of the resources available:

For Students

Student Health Plan - Smoking cessation aids make it easier than ever to quit smoking, and a number of choices are available. A physician can offer advice and the Student Health Plan provides coverage to cover the cost of smoking cessation aids. Please visit Student Health Services in Room 11, UCC (specific conditions apply).

Middlesex London Health Unit - The MLHU offers some great resources, for those who wish to quit. 

Smokers' Helpline - Some of the best resources available are here - an online quit program, free help by phone and text messaging, and self-help workbooks. You can visit their website or phone 1-877-513-5333.

Supports for Staff and Faculty Members

Middlesex-London Health Unit - the MLHU offers excellent information and resources that can help you quit. Visit the MLHU website for more information.

Extended Health Plan from Manulife - Smoking cessation aids make it easier than ever to quit smoking, and a number of choices are available. Your family physician can offer advice and the Western Extended Health Plan provides coverage to cover the cost of smoking cessation aids. The coverage is for aids prescribed by a medical doctor and dispensed by a pharmacist, and must have a valid Drug Identification Number (DIN) or have been assigned a Natural Product Number (NPN) licensed by Health Canada, such as transdermal patches and nicotine gum. Eligible expenses are subject to a lifetime maximum of $500 per person.

Check your benefits by visiting the Western HR "Your Benefits" page. Select your employee group and look for the "Your Benefit Booklet" link.

The Manulife Plan Member website (you will need to register to access) also offers a number of Health eLinks, including information on smoking cessation.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Your Employee (and family) Assistance Program is LifeWorks (formerly Morneau Shepell).  You may access counselling and programs for those who are trying to quit smoking. Personalized counselling support is available by phone at 1-844-880-9142 or through the LifeWorks app.  EAP services are fully confidential and at no cost to you, your spouse and your dependent children. To learn more, visit Western's EAP webpage.

Smokers' Helpline - Some of the best resources available are here - an online quit program, free help by phone and text messaging, and self-help workbooks.

Staying active can help you quit

Research conducted at Western's Exercise & Health Psychology Laboratory shows that exercise can combat cravings, and help you prepare to quit smoking. Read the latest research. Here are some ways to get active on campus:

Living Well @ Western: Yoga, meditation, Zumba and more! All free for Western Staff and Faculty members. Visit Living Well.

 


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