Story by Jacqueline Turvey, primary care respiratory therapist
Quitting smoking can add years to your life. It improves your breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, taste and smell, and has financial benefits as well.
However, as a clinician, I often remind myself that it is not my responsibility to make people quit or reduce their tobacco and nicotine use. It is my job to support individuals at all stages to achieve their goals, and for those who may not be ready for change, to let them know that I am there for them if and when they change their mind.