Quitting Smoking

Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do to improve your health and the benefits of quitting begin almost immediately.

Start Healing: The Benefits of Quitting Smoking. 20 minutes: Blood pressure and pulse to return to normal. 24 hours: Risk of heart attack starts to drop. 14 days: Circulation increases. Airways in lungs relax. 1 to 9 months: Less coughing. Lungs work better. 1 year: Added risk of smoking-related heart disease or stroke is cut in half. 5 years: Risk of stroke is same as someone who never smoked. 10 years: Risk of dying of lung cancer is much lower. 15 years: Risk of heart disease is similar to a non-smoker.

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Quitting smoking is a complicated journey. Dr. Mike Evans from Ontario has made an excellent video that can help get you ready for a quit attempt.

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If you are ready to make a quit attempt, there are many supports to help:

Smokers' Helpline
Smokers' HelplineA free, confidential service operated by the Canadian Cancer Society offering personalized support and information about quitting smoking and tobacco use. Telephone and online services available in Manitoba.


1st Week Challenge
First Week ChallengeQuit smoking for the first 7 days of the month and you could win $500! Why is the first week so important? Because if you are successful for the first week, you're 9X more likely to quit for good. Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your health.


Manitoba Quits
ManitobaQuitsA monthly quit smoking contest that challenges smokers to quit for just 24 hours.  Their motto, “every quit counts” suggests that each quit attempt helps a person get the skills, mental strength and motivation to eventually quit for good.


Run to Quit
Run to QuitRun to quit helps smokers of any fitness level quit smoking by learning to walk or run 5 km! Participants can join the Do it Yourself Program OR get extra support by participating in a Run to Quit Training Program.


On the Road to Quitting
On the Road to QuittingThese Health Canada guides will give you the information and skills you need to successfully stop smoking. Spend some time reviewing the booklets online, download a copy or order a paper copy to consider your options, understand what to expect during your quit attempt and learn tips to help you along the way.