by Barbara Black
Ready to quit?
If you are seriously thinking about stopping smoking, there is now help
for you on campus.
I Quit, a group program for staff and faculty, is an eight-week program
facilitated by Concordia Health Services and sponsored by the Employee
Assistance Program, which, in turn, is supported by the Office of the
Vice-Rector, Institutional Relations, and Secretary-General.
Sessions will take place on the SGW campus every Tuesday evening from
6 to 8 p.m., from Oct. 23 to December 11, as well as a session on Thursday,
November 15. Groups in English and French, can also be organized for your
department according to your schedule. The participation fee is only $25
for a program that would cost you much more outside Concordia.
About 27 per cent of adults smoke. People who have quit say it is one
of the most satisfying things that they have ever done.
Vice-Rector Marcel Danis, who strongly supports the program, said in a
memo to Concordias EAP committee, I believe your program is
timely, not only because of legislation prohibiting smoking in the workplace.
I have recently learned that some physicians refuse to perform certain
surgical operations on smokers. There is no doubt that societys
view of smoking is changing.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in Canada. Smoking-related
illnesses (i.e., cardiovascular, cancer and pulmonary diseases) lead to
increased absenteeism and decreased productivity.
Concordia health and life insurance premiums are on the rise, and are
now higher for smokers. If you smoke a pack of cigarettes a day, you spent
close to $2,000 this year on cigarettes. This could have bought you a
tropical vacation. Think about it.
Places in the program are limited. For information or to register,
call Angie Trubiano at Health Services, 848-3569.
Marina Wolanski is ready
the administrative assistant in the Concordia Residence, is tired of waking
up with a foul-tasting mouth. Shes tired of hiding her habit from
her non-smoking husband, and tired of rationalizing her on-again, off-again
love affair with cigarettes.
She has quit before once for five years, once for one year, once
for three months. Im OK until summer comes, and then I start
again, she said. I associate smoking with relaxation.
At the end of the summer, she quits, or tapers off. Then comes Christmas,
with all the parties.
Im not a huge smoker between three and six cigarettes
a day. But that can go up to a pack if I go out for an evening.
She thinks her age group (she is 36) is particularly susceptible. They
all smoke. Ill have to get new friends, she added, only half
joking. I decided I need to follow a program. Its just so
socially unacceptable now. Its gross.
Were behind you, Marina, and well follow your progress as
you follow the I Quit program being offered through EAP.