Newfoundland and Labrador Smokers’ Helpline
The Provincial Tobacco Reduction Strategy states that all people in contact with the health care system that smoke should be encouraged to quit and supported in their efforts; this includes individuals with mental illness and other addictions.
All health care providers and community organizations are in a position to address the issue of tobacco use with individuals who smoke and to offer support to help them quit.
Health care providers need to offer individuals ways of coping and assist them in developing strategies specific to that individual. This includes education on the effects of smoking and offering resources available in the community, such as the Newfoundland and Labrador Smokers’ Helpline.
The Smokers’ Helpline offers a variety of materials, resources, and training to support your work in smoking cessation. The CARE Fax Referral Program provides a simple and convenient tool to connect individuals with effective, evidence-based services to help them become smoke free. For more information, visit the CARE Fax Referral Program or call 1-800-363-5864.
Many people who smoke are already aware that tobacco use is having a negative impact on their health. They expect healthcare providers to intervene. Studies even show that talking to individuals about their smoking actually enhances the rapport between patients and healthcare providers.