This workshop is funded by a grant from the National Library of Medicine , and supported in Second Life by the Alliance Library System . Moving toward wellness: Smoking Cessation
My own journey 10/23/00 I’m sitting here, eating a celebratory steak, looking at my newly opened box of Nicoderm. My clock says: I will quit smoking in 4 hours, 54 minutes and 18 seconds What happens when we smoke? This is the question that led to my own quit.
Tobacco companies concealed the full harm cigarettes cause, and worked to increase their addictive properties. They should be held accountable! Hey, smoking is an individual decision! Don’t come whining to me about your poor choices. The debate over blame
All this is enough to keep me from even trying to quit. I’ll gain weight Everyone around me smokes My partner says I turn into a demon when I try to quit I’ve tried to quit a million times without success I’m having a lot of stress right now. Maybe later. My family doesn’t think I can quit But I enjoy smoking!
What are the side effects of the quitting process? physical emotional behavioral social cognitive
The process of behavioral change No intention & no awareness (precontemplation) Awareness but no intention (contemplation) Awareness and intention (preparation) Actively changing (action) Maintaining change (maintenance) “ I’ve tried to quit a million times without success!”
Q: How long were you going to smoke? “ That was never stated, just knew it would not be long, and I would be able to quit whenever I felt like it.” (Personal interview, Perryman research study, unpublished) The role of smoking in our lives
What help is available? Information Support groups Medications Health professionals