A lot of people are struggling in this battered and bruised economy. Many Albertans are out of work, including a good number in Calgary.
If you’ve lost a job and the stress makes you want to reach for a cigarette – you’re not alone.
A new study commissioned by Nicoderm has found that four in 10 Calgary smokers have reported an increase in cravings because of negative stress from losing, or potentially losing a job.
Nine in 10 smokers said their cravings were triggered by negative emotions.
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“There’s always been a small percentage that are smokers and I think that percentage has crept up,” says Dr. Ted Jablonski. “I do think those negative stressors are behind that.”
Jablonski is a general practitioner working out of the Crowfoot Family Practice. He says the smoking rate in Calgary is higher than the national average.
The study also found fewer Calgarians (45%) are smoking in social situations, or for pleasure than anywhere else in the country (53%).
Jablonski says he has noticed that smokers “want to quit”. But, he says most don’t know how to go about it.
“The last thing you want is to be spending money on something that makes you unhealthy.”
He says there are options for smokers who want to butt out, including group therapy where people can lean on other smokers to quit. He says Health Canada has also deemed it safe to combine therapies, such as a nicotine patch and gum or a lozenge.
He says such methods are much more effective than quitting cold-turkey, which has a success rate in the range of six to ten per cent.
You can find advice and resources to help you butt out here.