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Smoking Cessation


Class held on Virtual Ability Island Sept 9, 2008.

Class held on Virtual Ability Island Sept 9, 2008.

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  • Hello, and welcome! I am Carolina Keats, and I work in SL as the coordinator for a project funded by the National Library of Medicine, called ‘Share the Health: Training People with Disabilities and Chronic Medical Conditions on how to Locate Quality Health Information.” The project is supported inworld by Lori Bell, of the Alliance Library System: she wrote the grant that defines our objectives. I’m here to explore what it means – and what the best practices might be – in supporting the health information needs of SL participants. Our logic has been that when you enter a virtual world, you don’t leave rl concerns behind you. We’ve found that a lot of people start up and involve themselves in health support groups, sharing the daily experience of having a particular medical condition, or a health goal. In rl, I’m Carol Perryman. I’m a full time doctoral student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC. While I have been a student for a few years now, for 20 years I’ve worked in rl libraries, including having been a medical and consumer health librarian. But I am more – I am myself a former smoker. This class is intended as an opportunity for sharing and learning. It is not intended to pressure you into quitting if you smoke. In the next hour I’d like to share my own experience, hear about your own, and then present to you some information that may help you down the road. If you have questions about smoking cessation, or any other health-related topic, I’m here at Second Life to help.


  • 1. 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
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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!
  • 5. What are the side effects of the quitting process? physical emotional behavioral social cognitive
  • 6. 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!”
  • 7. 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
  • 8. What help is available? Information Support groups Medications Health professionals
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    • Nicotine products – patch, gum, inhaler, spray
    • Varenicline (Chantix)
    • Bupropion (Zyban or Welbutrin)
    • Hypnotherapy
    Carolina Keats, Consumer Health Librarian Healthinfo Island, Second Life Here to support your health information needs