Quitting Smoking


Smoke is Smoke


Nicotine is the addictive substance in tobacco that is very powerful and results in both psychological and physiological needs. Dopamine is a chemical in the brain the results in feelings of pleasure, and is released when nicotine is consumed. Typically, as time progresses, an individual’s need for nicotine increases to produce the same levels of satisfaction, this is nicotine dependence (RNAO, 2007)

Quitting tobacco can be one of the hardest things to do, however one of the greatest ways to enhance quality of life. Studies indicate that it can take someone up to 30 attempts to quit tobacco successfully (OTRU, 2017). Quitting is a journey that involves changes in lifestyle, values, social circles, thinking and feeling patterns, and coping skills (RNAO, 2007). Support is available both locally and provincial/federally to clients and healthcare and social service providers, interested in tobacco cessation for themselves or their clients.


It takes multiple attempts to quit smoking. Don’t quit trying. Get tools and tips to help you quit at www.ontario.ca/quitsmoking.



Upcoming STOP on the Road Workshop!

  • The STOP program delivers research-based, cost-free smoking cessation workshops in local communities.
  • Eligible participants will:
    • Attend an educational session
    • Receive a five-week course of nicotine patches
  • To learn more, see if you qualify, and to register, call the Health Unit 519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 2231



Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario. (2007). Integrating Smoking Cessation into Daily Nursing Practice (Revised). Toronto, Canada: Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario.

The Ontario Tobacco Research Unit. (2017). Quitting Smoking in Ontario. Retrieved from http://otru.org/quitting-smoking-in-ontario/ March 13, 2017.


First Week Challenge Contest

Quit For One Week Poster

First Week Challenge Contest (FWCC) is a provincial campaign that encourages tobacco uses to make a quit attempt for the first seven days of the month. Each month there are two draws and clients who stay tobacco free for those seven days have an opportunity to win $500. Research shows that people are nine times more likely to quit smoking for good if they quit for a week. Please visit FWCC for further information to register.


Make Quit Memorable

Make Quit Memorable Logo

Make Quit Memorable recognizes that it may take many attempts for clients to quit tobacco use. This campaign encourages them to capitalize on a memorable day, like a birthday, to quit and stay quit.

The campaign targets adults between the ages of 18-29 and offers 8 weeks of free nicotine patches or gum. An app is also available to track successes and win rewards. Further information can be received through leavethepackbehind.org.


Smokers Helpline Logo

Smokers’ Helpline

  • Free information and support by phone, online, and text messaging.
  • Tips and tools to help you quit using tobacco.
  • Professional, non-judgmental Quit Specialists.
  • One-to-one support.
  • Smokers’ Helpline can call you.  Just ask!

Call 1-877-513-5333



Family Health Teams/Community Health Centre

  • Provide one-to-one or group support for tobacco cessation. 
  • May have free nicotine replace therapy, like the patch, gum, lozenge, or inhaler, available to help you quit
  • If you currently see a Doctor or Nurse Practitioner at a Family Health Team or Community Health Centre, call the office to inquire about smoking cessation services and ask if they are participating in the STOP Study Program.


Community Pharmacies

  • Provide information about quitting, nicotine replacement therapy and prescription medications.
  • The following pharmacies* also offer quit smoking programs.  Please contact the pharmacy to get more information.




Lucknow Pharmasave

622 Campbell St., Lucknow


Muxlow Pharmasave Meaford

54 Sykes St. N., Meaford


Paisley Pharmacy

514 Queen St. S., Paisley


Pellow Pharmasave

232 Durham St. E., Walkerton


Pharmasave Sally's Pharmacy

1565 16th St. E., Owen Sound


Shoppers Drug Mart

781 Broadway St., Kincardine


Shoppers Drug Mart

100 10th St. W., Owen Sound


Shoppers Drug Mart

1199 Goderich St., Port Elgin


*Don’t see your local pharmacy? Call the pharmacy to see what they have to offer.


New Directions

Provide support to help you quit smoking and using tobacco - 519-371-1232.


Choices Drug and Alcohol Counselling

Provide support to help youth quit smoking and using tobacco - 519-371-5487.


Leave the Pack Behind

A program that offers young adults smoking and quitting information, personalized support, and quitting resources like Nicotine Replacement Therapy products - all for free! Leave the Pack Behind


Health Care Professionals

Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Pharmacists, Dentists and Dental Hygienists can also provide advice and support to quit smoking.







Ontario Drug Benefit Card

If you receive benefits from Ontario Works (OW), the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), the Trillium Drug Program (TDP), or are a senior, you may be eligible for low cost prescription medications to assist with quitting.






Self Help Resources

Health Canada - On the Road to Quitting: Guide to becoming a non-smoker

Canadian Cancer Society One Step at a Time


Resources for Moms

Health Canada-- Make your car and home smoke free

Public Health Agency of Canada--A Sensible Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

Smoke-Free: A Booklet for Pregnant Moms on Smoking, Second-Hand Smoke and Quitting

Pregnets – Prevention of Gestational and Neonatal Exposure to Tobacco Smoke (PREGNETS)


Resources for Dads

The Right Time…The Right Reasons…Dads Talk About Reducing and Quitting Smoking

By University of British Columbia



Resources for Youth and Young Adults

On the road to Quitting: Guide to becoming a non-smoker for young adults available on the internet at http://www.hc-publication-sc.hc-sc.gc.ca



You Can Make it Happen

You Can Make It Happen is a website designed for healthcare providers to access resources and information on best practices related to tobacco use. All clients should be screened using the 5 A's and offered appropriate resources based on their stage of change.



Pregnets – Prevention of Gestational and Neonatal Exposure to Tobacco Smoke (PREGNETS) provides information, resources and support to healthcare providers.


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