Help to Quit Smoking

When you are ready to quit smoking, you don’t have to do it alone. There are people and programs available in your community to help you quit smoking.  Making a quit plan and getting help increases your chances of quitting and staying smoke free.

Benefits of quitting smoking

Programs and supports available to help you quit smoking

Your healthcare provider

Ask your family doctor or nurse practitioner if they offer counselling or other nicotine replacement therapy to help you quit smoking.

Your pharmacist

Many Ontario pharmacists are trained in counselling to help you quit smoking.  

Health Connect Ontario (formerly Telehealth)

Call 811 (TTY: 1-866-797-0007)

Public Health 

Websites for local Public Health Units offer information to help you quit smoking. Search for ‘quit smoking’.  You can also call your local public health unit to talk to a public health nurse.

STOP on the Net Program

With the support of the Ministry of Health, the Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (STOP) Program offers the STOP on the Net Program. This Program is an online research program designed to support individuals 18 years of age and older​ in an attempt to quit smoking.

For more information to help you quit smoking

  1. Smokers’ Helpline, call 1-866-641-7675. You may qualify for a free trial of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).
  2. One Step at a Time:You Can Quit booklet found on the Canadian Cancer Society website.
  3. Journey to Quit: A workbook to help you quit smoking found on the Ontario Lung Association/The Lung Health Foundation website.
  4. The Canadian Lung Association.
  5. Talk Tobacco – Indigenous Quit Smoking and Vaping Support. This service offers culturally appropriate individualized support and information about quitting smoking, vaping and commercial tobacco use. Interpreter services are available in French and 16 Indigenous languages.  A quit coach is available 7 days a week. Call 1-833-998-8255. 

Medications to help you quit smoking

Some medication such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) are available without a prescription. This means you can buy them over the counter.  Other medications are available with a prescription. Your private health insurance or some government programs may help you with these costs. You need to qualify for the government programs.

The government programs include:

Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario) has a handout on Vaping and Your Health.

Please talk to a member of your healthcare team if you have questions about help to quit smoking. Read this handout with the information on this page