for body and soul
Smoking puts a strain on your body. It is responsible for more than 40 pathologies and 50% of chronic smokers die prematurely from diseases related to tobacco use, losing an average of ten years of life (M. Tremblay & M. Ben Amar, 2007). Over time, your risk of developing chronic diseases increases with the impact felt in the high cost of drugs and associated side effects. You are aware of the harmful impact of smoking on your health and that of those close to you (second-hand smoke).
You want to quit smoking. Unfortunately, for most smokers, it is not just a matter of willpower.
Nicotine addiction makes it difficult to achieve this goal. Only 3 to 5% of smokers who successfully quit smoking without assistance maintain this result after one year (Cahall, 2004; Hughes et al., 2004). Medical visits do not always leave time for the health professional to provide appropriate anti-smoking counseling.
In addition, it is common to see that the patient leaves the medical office without asking the worrying questions about their smoking or their difficulty in quitting.
The health coach nurse can work with the physician to clarify information, strengthen knowledge, question the person’s understanding, explore their beliefs, and maintain motivation to quit smoking.
Step-by-step, tackle your doubts or fear
The smoking cessation program is a partnership with the health coach nurse recommended for one month (one meeting every 2 weeks). It combines pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic methods following steps below:
E-mail your questionnaire and consent filled-up at least 24 hours before the first meeting. This important step allows us to establish your profile, prepare your assessment and target your priorities. The health coach nurse respects confidentiality. Your data will never be given to third parties without your consent.
The first visit assessment (90 minutes) allows us to determine the number of sessions needed by the client based on his stage of change as well as respecting his rhythm. Then, we plan the appropriate interventions and identify the strengths and weaknesses of the person to achieve this goal. We set-up personalized and realistic action plan, which the person begins to follow.
Every two weeks, a 60-minutes meeting including an ear massage and aromatherapy is held at the nursing office or at the client’s home.
The health coach nurse is available for two online meetings to maintain the motivation, support, and accompaniment of the person.
Tips, information, and exercises to facilitate smoking cessation are offered. Each meeting allows reassessment and intervention to achieve your smoking cessation goal.
This is how your body reacts …
WHEN YOU QUIT SMOKING.
20 minutes later
At First, the blood pressure drops and returns to normal. Then the heart rate slows down and returns to normal. Finally, hands and feet temperature rises and returns to normal.
After 8 hours
Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in the blood return to normal. Then, the transport of oxygen to the cells returns to normal.
After 24 hours
There is an early decrease in the risk of heart attack. Carbon monoxide is eliminated from the body.
After 48 hours
Nicotine is mainly expelled from the body. Then, the nerve starts to regenerate. In addition, a taste and smell improvement is noted.
1 week to 3 months later
Lung capacity increases and the person breathes better. Also, blood circulation improves. In pregnant women who quit smoking in the first three months of pregnancy, the risk of giving birth to a low weight baby becomes comparable to that of a person who has never smoked.
1 to 9 months later
The lungs work even better, the cough, shortness of breath, nasal congestion and fatigue is reduced, then the voice becomes clearer and the body regains energy.
1 year later
The risk of heart disease is halved compared to a smoker. In women, the risk of developing cervical cancer becomes comparable to the one seen with a non-smoker.
5 years later
The risk of stroke is the same as the one seen with a non-smoker.
10 years later
The risk of dying from cancer of the lung, mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, or pancreas is lower.
15 years later
The risk of heart disease is like the one seen with a non-smoker.
Source: Health Canada, Smoking – The Health Benefits of Quitting Smoking, 2012-01-12.
Benefits of our service
» No interventions are imposed. Guidance and motivation of the person
» Use of motivational interviewing and a personalized strategic plan.
» Support from a nurse with advice, exercises and tips.
» Long-lasting results and prescription for nicotine replacement products.
» Combination of therapeutic approaches.
» Learn the benefits of quitting smoking.
» Understand the behavior change process.
» Management of withdrawal effects related to smoking cessation.
» Long-lasting results and nicotine replacement products prescription.
» Combination of therapeutic approaches.
Service offered with appointment only
$75.00 per hour