If you are a smoke-free youth, you’ve made an excellent choice for your health, along with many other young people in Newfoundland and Labrador!
If you smoke or use other forms of tobacco, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your health (and your wallet!) You may need need support to quit – and that support is best provided by a trusted adult and friends who care.
When you decide to quit, ask for help. Talk to a trusted adult, nurse, doctor, pharmacist or other health-care provider, or call the Newfoundland and Labrador Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-363-5864. You can also visit the NL Smoker’s Helpline website where you can check out their online and text support programs.
It is easy to become addicted to the nicotine that is in tobacco, so it is best not to smoke at all. For people that do smoke, most started smoking once in a while and gradually increased over time. You may think it’s okay to have a few cigarettes a day or week, but any amount of smoking can have a negative effect on your health and well-being and may set you on a path of lifelong addiction.
To stay smoke-free, it helps to hang out with people who do not smoke. If your friends smoke, you are more likely to smoke. If you have friends who smoke, encourage them to quit.
Services related to this information:
811 HealthLine (Newfoundland & Labrador) – Call 811 or 1-888-709-2929 / TTY 1-888-709-3555