Ready to Quit?

Quitting in 2019?  Consider attending a Health Unit STOP workshop

If you are ready to quit smoking cigaretttes, the Middlesex London Health Unit STOP program may be right for you. Register to attend a workshop (two hours). The free workshops are held at the Health Unit and include an educational session and a five-week course of nicotine patches. Watch here for news about the next STOP workshop.

As of July 1, 2019, Western is a smoke-free environment - a healthier, clearner campus for all.  We also know this change is 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, 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 resources, workshops and more, 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 STOP workshops regularly in the community, and can provide lots of good information and resources that can help you quit. Visit the MLHU website for more information. See the information box at the top of this page for links to specific workshop information in  2019.

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 Plan - FSEAP - FSEAP, Western's provider of an Employee Assistance Plan offers a number of supports and referrals for those wishing to quit smoking.

Clients are offered access to Life Coaching services for personalized guidance to support this important life change. Information is provided about treatment options for nicotine dependency and tips or suggestions to help "quitters" stay on track.

Clients are also referred to telephone support lines already available through public and community service providers.

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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