People trying quit smoking don’t always focus on tobacco cessation

Kelowna Daily Courier reported on a UBC study that found half of statements made by smokers during counselling sessions designed to help them stop are not related to quitting the harmful habit.

“These findings may indicate that people trying to quit need time to talk about a variety of topics to feel comfortable talking with their practitioner about smoking,” said Heather Gainforth, a professor of health and exercise sciences at UBC’s Okanagan campus. “It also highlights the importance of providing smokers with the opportunity to receive counselling about pharmaceutical aids that can help them quit.”