Last term we told you about staff member Marina Wolanski, who was ready
to quit smoking and had signed up for a special program. We promised wed
tell you how she did, and the news is good: Marina has been a non-smoker
for more than a month.
Not only did Marina quit smoking, she lost five pounds.
It was hard, Im not saying it wasnt, she said,
but of all the things Ive tried hypnosis, the patch,
Zyban, cold turkey this group program was the best.
The facilitators were very good. One session focused on relaxation
exercises. Another was on identifying our triggers [to have a smoke].
Another was on substitutes for smoking. We had to record how we felt every
time we had a cigarette, which made me very conscious of smoking.
The strong support from the group made a key difference in her behaviour,
Marina added. Once I went in to work kind of grouchy, and thought,
I would so love a cigarette. I sent an e-mail to the other members of
the group, and they sent me back messages saying, Dont do it.
Marina takes deep breaths occasionally to counteract her occasional desire
to smoke, and it seems to be working. She also joined a gym, and while
she didnt diet or set out to lose any weight, she was pleased to
find that she lost a few pounds over the weeks she was in the program.
This first smoking cessation group started with eight employees. Their
number dwindled to four who stayed the course and celebrated their achievement
with a final dinner.
She quit so can you
Health Services is running another group for staff and faculty that begins
on Tuesday, Feb. 5, and encourages other people who are seriously thinking
about adopting a smoke-free life to join the group.
Also, the Employee Assistance Program is holding a free lunchtime information
session about the upcoming group on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 12-1 p.m.
in H-760. To register, people can call Nina Peritz at 848-3667, e-mail
her at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or register on-line at http://eap.concordia.ca.
The I Quit program is an eight-week smoking cessation program
facilitated by health care professionals at Concordia Health Services.
Sessions will take place on SGW campus every Tuesday evening from 6 to
8 p.m., from Feb. 5 to March 26, as well as a session on Thursday Feb.
28 from 6 to 8 p.m. The participation fee is $25.
For more information or to register, call Angie Trubiano at 848-3569.
Registration is limited to 20 participants.