Fall 2010

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Dedicated to addressing health risk of smoking

Port Saunders physician regularly refers patients to Smokers’ Helpline


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Dr. M. H. Irfan

Dr. M.H. Irfan at Rufus Guinchard Health Centre in Port Saunders is actively involved in helping patients overcome tobacco addiction and live healthier. He feels that addressing tobacco use and assisting people in quitting is an integral part of keeping his patients healthy now and for the future.

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Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in this province and quitting smoking is the most important step an individual can take to improve their health.

Dr. M.H. Irfan at Rufus Guinchard Health Centre in Port Saunders is actively involved in helping patients overcome tobacco addiction and live healthier. Dr. Irfan states that since the early part of his career, he has been trained to advise patients to quit smoking. He feels that addressing tobacco use and assisting people in quitting is an integral part of keeping his patients healthy now and for the future.

When asked about tips or techniques that he finds helpful in addressing this topic with smokers, he states that he approaches the issue of tobacco use through informal discussions with patients about risk factors to their health and refers patients to the Newfoundland and Labrador Lung Association’s Smokers’ Helpline.

The CARE Fax Referral Program is a simple tool that physicians may use to refer individuals to the Smokers’ Helpline. The referral form is faxed to the Smokers’ Helpline and a counselor will then follow up to with the individual by telephone to offer individualized support with quitting as well as information on a variety of helpful smoking cessation services.

The Smokers’ Helpline program is evidence-based and effective. Since the launch of the CARE Program in 2004, physicians from across the province continue to use this easy tool to connect individuals with help to overcome tobacco addiction.

In the past year physicians have referred more than 540 people to the program. Dr. Irfan is a top-referring physician and strong supporter of the CARE program.

For more information about the CARE program and to receive a free CARE kit call the Smokers’ Helpline at (800) 363-5864.

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