Quit Smoking - How Med-I-Well Can Help Kick The Habit

November 1, 2021

Quitting smoking is not easy, but the benefits are almost immediate. Did you know that almost immediately after you quit smoking, your lungs and other smoke-damaged organs start to repair themselves?   However, getting to that point may take several attempts.

With the motto ‘at your own pace’, the Med-I-Well team knows that each individual’s experience with quitting is unique. In our Quit Smoking Program, we use evidence-based behaviour change approaches that provide a non-judgmental and personalized environment for individuals to not only become non-smokers, but to take control of their health and well-being.

Smokers are more likely than non-smokers to develop numerous types of cancers and chronic diseases. That’s because cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ in your body. More than 5,000 chemical components are found in cigarette smoke and hundreds of them are harmful to human health.

But, if you are reading this, chances are you probably know this. You may have even tried to quit before. Many of the men and women we have helped were in a similar situation, where they knew the associated risks, knew they had to quit but just couldn’t get there. They needed the proper support.

“I made many attempts over many years to quit smoking cigarettes,” said Jeff MacCullough. “I failed to make it stick and eventually gave up hope that I would overcome this habit.”

But after experiencing some troubling health concerns, Jeff re-evaluated why he chose to continue to smoke. And this time was different.

“I was committed mentally to make it stick, I had the support of my spouse, children and maybe most importantly, I reached out for help,” said Jeff. “Med-I Well Services provided me with guidance, prepared me for the challenge, laid out the options of aids, provided personal contact and discussions along the way.”

Today Jeff is smoke-free and thankful for the support he received.

“Each day I am conscious of my win and remind myself of reasons I chose to make this change in my life,” said Jeff.

Jim Pilon could also attest to the ongoing support he received from Med-I-Well as the driving force that helped him succeed.

After suffering a series of heart attacks in his mid-50s, Jim knew it was finally time to commit 100 percent to some serious health changes. That meant quitting smoking after 40 years. He too had tried quitting before and with the help of Med-I-Well, was able to change some smoking habits and cut down on the number of cigarettes. However, this time it was all or nothing.

“I knew that I had to be successful this time and that the Med-I-Well team was there to give me the support that I needed.”  

The journey is not over when it comes to improving his overall health and wellness.

“I know that with the support of the Med-I-Well team I will be able to continue along my path and achieve my goals toward better overall wellness.”

Tracey Pinkerton said she ultimately committed to be a non-smoker so that she could live her best life instead of feeling dragged down each day.

“My biggest driver is knowing that each day I don’t smoke brings me closer to living longer for my family, she said.

Tracey has been smoke-free since March 2021.

“With their persistent motivation skills, Med-I-Well helped me become a non smoker,” said Tracey. “The compassionate and trusting representatives were easy to talk to with a wide variety of ideas to overcome such a horrible addiction.”

The Med-I-Well team knows the importance of compassion and accountability when it comes to achieving a goal.

“The one key element to success is the follow-up calls from Med-I-Well,” said Tracey. “Just knowing that someone really does care and believe in my success keeps me working towards my goal.”

To learn more about our Quit Smoking Program, how it can be implemented into your workforce or be part of a larger Workplace Wellness Program, contact us at coach@mediwell.ca.

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