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From March 1 to April 11, make a commitment not to smoke for 6 weeks and qualify to win one of many prizes!
Participate in the Challenge in your own way: alone, with the help of a non-smoking sponsor or by teaming up with another smoker who also wants to quit.
- I Quit
- I HelpI help
Most former smokers say the same thing: it's easier to quit smoking when you feel you've got support. That being the case, what better way to KO the smoking habit than as part of a team? Whether you're a non-smoker or a smoker who'd like to butt out for good, you can help someone in your circle free him- or herself from cigarettes.
- Tools and ResourcesTools and resources
Download the following tools to support you in your decision to quit smoking.
- Participant's FileParticipant's file
A practical and customized tool to help you succeed in the Challenge! (You must be registered to use the Participant's file)
Join us to be part of a network of motivating and motivated followers. Whether for consulting messages or for contributing, don't miss paying a visit. You'll see: motivation grows with use!
- Work EnvironmentWork environment
Living smoke-free is one of the best decisions a person can make for his or her health, and among the people in your circle there must certainly be smokers who want to quit.
Support them by promoting the Quit to Win! Challenge in your organization.
Your role as sponsor
Your role as a sponsor
- Listen to your partner, offer encouragement and support during difficult moments.
- Show your partner that you are confident he/she can succeed in taking up the Challenge.
- Remind your partner about his/her motivations for quitting smoking if determination wavers.
- Remain patient and understanding during your partner’s mood shifts and moments of impatience.
- Learn about smoking cessation. Visit the " I quit " section on the quitchallenge.ca website.
«In my case I waited for my boyfriend, who’s also my sponsor, to go on vacation before I quit. I knew he’d be there all the time to help me not to smoke.
That really made it easier to get through the first week. Withdrawal can sometimes turn you into a bit of a pit bull, but this time I managed to not get too aggressive. Thanks, sweetheart!»
Johanne, ex-smoker since January 15, 2007
To help your partner
- Recognize your partner’s efforts with congratulatory messages. Whether by phone, email, text messaging or in person, the encouragement will help him/her to stay on track.
- Encourage your partner to be physically active, to relax and to think of things other than smoking. Why not propose an outing together (a walk, hockey, a movie, restaurant, etc.)?
- Suggest that your partner share his/her experience with the on-line community at quitchallenge.ca and on the Challenge Facebook page.
- If your partner lives with smokers, encourage him/her to ask them to smoke outside. Living in a smoke-free environment increases the chances to succeed in quitting smoking and diminishes the risk of relapse. For more information, visit smokefreefamily.ca.
- If your partner is using a pharmacological aid to quit smoking, remind him/her to follow the treatment as prescribed and to ask a doctor or pharmacist should any questions arise.
What to do in case of relapse?
- Avoid judging your partner. In general, it takes more than one attempt to quit smoking for good.
- Remind your partner that it’s possible to lose one battle and yet win the war! Encourage him/her to try again when ready.
- Invite your partner to reflect on the reasons for the relapse, in order to be better prepared for next time.
- Keep in mind that it is YOUR PARTNER’S motivation that counts. Don’t push too much.
Keep these ideas handy by downloading the Sponsor’s Guide which you’ll find in our «Tools to download» section.