The Quit by Vaping program consists of four sessions, each of which lasts about 45 minutes. You may participate either in a small group setting (maximum 10 participants) or in private one-on-one sessions. The group classes are in downtown Toronto at the Centre for Social Innovation, 720 Bathurst St, Toronto.. Private classes can be anywhere in the GTA or done by Skype or WhatsApp.
The first session is free. It includes an overview of the program, an introduction to the teacher, and a discussion of your personal goals and why quitting is important to you. We will discuss why smoking is so dangerous and the benefits of quitting. It will introduce the concept of vaping as a safe way to transition from smoking to being smoke-free.
The second section is a practical introduction to vaping.This session will include a "field trip" to a vape shop, where you will be guided to select an e-cigarette and appropriate vape liquids to keep you supplied for the first month. These are included in the cost of the course and are your to keep.
Each subsequent session will begin with a review of your progress and troubleshooting any of your concerns. You will be given help and guidance to set your goals for the next week. To reinforce your motivation and to help you understand your difficulties we will discuss topics topics such as "Why is nicotine so addictive and cigarettes so hard to quit", "What are the toxic chemicals in tobacco doing to my body" and "How do I vape as safely as possible?". The program will also provide a perspective on the global tobacco epidemic which is killing six million people every year, and the ways in which the tobacco industry continues to profit despite causing the death of half of its customers.
The final session is a wrap-up, assessing your progress so far and setting your personal goals for the future.
Check out the "Course" page for the next dates.
REASONS TO QUIT:
BENEFITS OF QUITTING:
HOW TO QUIT
When you started smoking it probably seemed like a fun hobby, but it became a bad habit and now it is an addiction which threatens your health. Quit by vaping uses leading edge evidence-based techniques to reverse that process in stages.
"Switching from tobacco cigarettes to vaping will reduce your exposure to many toxic and cancer causing chemicals." - Health Canada
You can then tackle your addiction to nicotine by reducing the nicotine content in your vape liquid. For the best health outcome, you should then stop vaping.
Dr. John Oyston is a physician who trained as a specialist in anesthesiology in the UK, New Zealand and in Canada.He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Department of Anesthesia. During more than thirty years working in operating rooms he had a front row seat to witness the damage the tobacco industry was doing to his patients.
In 2019 John retired from anesthesia practice to concentrate on helping smokers to quit smoking.He has taken course on tobacco use disorder and on teaching smoking cessation with the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit and CAMH.
* "Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do to improve your health.
Completely replacing cigarette smoking with vaping will reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals.
* There are short-term general health improvements if you completely switch from smoking cigarettes to vaping products.
* Vaping is less harmful than smoking. Many of the toxic and cancer-causing chemicals in tobacco and the tobacco smoke form when tobacco is burned.
Vaping products do not : * produce smoke * contain tobacco * involve burning
Vaping products typically contain a fraction of the 7,000 chemicals found in tobacco smoke (and)
lower levels of several of the harmful chemicals found in smoke.
Vaping to help quit smoking
Quitting smoking can be difficult, but it is possible. Vaping products and e-cigarettes deliver nicotine in a less harmful way than smoking cigarettes.
Evidence suggests that using e-cigarettes is linked to improved rates of success.
Switching from tobacco cigarettes to vaping will reduce your exposure to many toxic and cancer causing chemicals."