Smoke-Free Dad

Feature Video

The Strength to Quit is one of a series of videos filmed for the Dads in Gear program to support new fathers in reducing and stopping smoking.

In this video, Tobin talks about what gave him the strength to quit smoking and how he responded to help along the way.

 

 

Which Smoking Facts are True? Take the Quiz!

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Smoking is the number one preventable cause of home fire deaths in Canada
Smoking by dads can be harmful to an unborn fetus and increases the risk of early pregnancy loss.
Babies of smoking parents are 8 times more likely to die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Dads’ smoking can cause fussiness (colic) in newborns.
Smoking in another room in the house will protect others from second hand smoke.
Most dads are asked about their smoking habits by health professionals, either during the pregnancy or after the birth.
Many dads want to quit smoking in the early months of their baby’s lives.
Dads’ smoking can cause low birth-weight in newborns, as well as ear infections, asthma, and pneumonia in babies and children.
Most men fully understand the effects of secondhand smoke on infants.
Children from smoking households miss an extra six days of school a year.
Becoming a father is stressful so it is not a good time to quit smoking.
Cold turkey can work but it often takes many attempts.
80% of the women who continue to smoke during their pregnancy and after the baby is born live with a partner who smokes.
Smoking can be harmful to the entire body (skin, hair, etc.).
The health effects caused by smoking only occur after many years of smoking cigarettes.
The child of a parent who smokes is twice as likely to smoke as the child of a non-smoker.
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Tobacco in Film

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The tobacco industry has been involved in film since:
Which actor turned President endorsed Chesterfield Cigarettes?
How much was Sylvester Stallone paid to endorse smoking in five films?
What percent of present-day actors smoke in major films?
The U.S. National Cancer Institute found that _____ of box office hit films show smoking.
From 1991-2008, how many of the 18.1 billion images of smoking in movies were in PG-13 films?
Which of these film companies has publicly banned smoking in its films?
Which of the following cartoon characters have not smoked on-screen?
What is a solution to smoking in movies?
Which of the following characters have never smoked on screen?
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Once men quit smoking,
the health benefits are immediate!

Do You Know that quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do to improve your health and quality of life.

Non-smokers have a much lower risk of getting dozens of smoking-related diseases like lung cancer, heart disease and COPD.

How Much will you Save When you Quit

Want to know more about nicotine replacement therapy?
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Can I use both nicotine gum and the patch?

Yes, if you continue to have cravings while on the patch, it is reasonable to use nicotine gum in addition to the patch to treat sudden cravings or urges to smoke. Using two types of NRT in this way can be better than using only one type of NRT.

How do I know that I am taking the right amount of NRT?

If the NRT patch is adequate, you will feel relatively comfortable between cravings. You may still have strong urges to smoke during the day, but most of the time you will not feel any cravings or discomfort.

Can I become addicted to NRT?

The risk of becoming addicted to NRT is small – much smaller than the risks of continuing to smoke. About 1 in 20 people who use NRT to stop smoking continue to use it in the longer term. It is easier to stop using NRT than to stop smoking. This is because the dose of nicotine in NRT is not as high as in cigarettes and NRT doesn’t give the same satisfaction as smoking.

Does NRT cause cancer?

No. Although there are over 60 chemicals in cigarette smoke that cause cancer, none of these are in NRT.

Should I take off the patch to take a shower?

If applied properly, you can wear your patch in the shower, bath, or hot tub. If the patch falls off, discard the old patch and apply a new patch.

How long after my last cigarette should I wait before I begin my quit attempt using Nicotine gum?

We recommend choosing a start date for your quit attempt and beginning the use of nicotine gum first thing that day, before having any cigarettes. However, if you choose to wait and start your quit attempt later in the day, you must wait 30 minutes or longer after smoking your last cigarette before using nicotine gum.

Can I smoke and use the patch/gum at the same time?

Smoking or receiving nicotine through other sources while you are using NRT may result in your getting too much nicotine and experiencing side effects. However, some people find that using NRT prior to quitting is helpful because it assists them in reducing smoking and increases their confidence in their ability to quit.

If I spit out the gum, can I re-use the piece of gum?

Nicotine gum lasts for about 30 minutes. If you are unsure how long you used the piece of gum, dispose of gum away from the reach of children and pets.

What if my child or pet eats a piece of Nicotine gum?

Make every effort to keep Nicotine gum out of reach of children and pets. In case of an accidental ingestion, get professional assistance or contact a poison control center immediately.

I have diabetes. Can I use the Nicotine gum?

Nicotine gum is sucrose free.

Why can't I eat or drink for 15 minutes before using NRT?

Eating or drinking even mildly acidic foods and beverages directly before using or during use of Nicotine gum inhibits nicotine absorption into your bloodstream. A basic alkaline pH is required for the nicotine in nicotine gum to be properly released from the gum and absorbed through the lining of your mouth.

How long should I use the NRT?

Although NRT product information recommends that people use NRT for 2-3 months, some people are not ready to stop using NRT after three months. Long-term use has been demonstrated to be safe. It is recommended that NRT be used for as long as needed to maintain or prolong cessation.

Check out QuitNow’s Guide to Medication for more detailed information on NRT.

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