According to the report published by Propel, the Center for Population Health Impact, for 2014, the decline in smokers over the last decade has slowed. Although this differs slightly from province to province, it must make people wonder why so many individuals (ranging from no education to university education) are choosing to smoke and continue smoking. Another interesting statistic that Propel discusses is the fact that the percentage of the population that smokes daily has decreased to a greater extent than the decrease in the overall smoker population. This indicates that more and more individuals (particularly in the youth population) are identifying as smokers but not having a cigarette every day. This trend would be accounted for by individuals who customize their cessation plan and perhaps cut back on the frequency of smoking, because it results in them not smoking every single day anymore. This statistic could also reflect those who identify as “social smokers”.
How do casual (or not daily) smokers fully commit to quitting? Certainly not smoking every day is better than smoking a pack a day… but any type of smoking will negatively impact your health. Propel reports that 63% of smokers have seriously considered quitting within the past 6 months and more than 48% have tried to quit in the past. Tobacco smoking among youth is fairly evenly split between full time (every day) smokers and casual (not every day) smokers; however, the statistics for attempted cessation are similar.
How do we make this the decade that finally breaks it off? How can we take the slowing decline in smokers and finally snuff out the last casual cigarettes by 2020? How can you make the decision to break it off?
Technology can provide smokers with tools to help them quit. Alongside support from family, friends, and medical staff, an individual has the tools to create a cessation plan that fits their lifestyle and their needs.
Canada’s Tobacco Report 2014:
Crush the Crave cessation phone app:
Health Canada cessation guides:
Are you ready to break it off?
It’s time to take your cessation into your own hands.