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Is someone you know ready to quit smoking?

Someone you know has decided to quit!

Quitting smoking isn't easy. Below are some ideas and suggestions that will help the person that is quitting smoking succeed:

  1. Access self-help materials like the Canadian Cancer Society Quit Smoking Guides.
  2. Ask a health care provider to help develop an action plan.
  3. Seek counselling from an experienced counsellor in helping people stop smoking.
  4. Try a treatment program sponsored by hospitals or other organizations in the community.
  5. Consider using a medication to help quit smoking. Nicotine replacement medications (patches, nicotine gum, nicotine nasal spray, and nicotine inhaler) are mainstays of treatment. Some products are available over the counter; others are by prescription only.
  6. Try the Porcupine Health Unit’s Quit Smoking Clinic.

Quit smoking online resources:

For Everyone:

Smokers' Helpline
Canadian Cancer Society
Offers free personalized tools to help people quit successfully.

For Teenagers:

Leave the Pack Behind
Funded by the Government of Ontario
Offers free smoking and quitting information, personalized support, and quitting resources.

Quit4Life
Health Canada
Information about quitting smoking for those between the ages of 12-18.

For Pregnant Women:

Pregnets
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Information about smoking and pregnancy for pregnant women and healthcare providers. Offers an online support group.

It is very difficult for most smokers to quit. Cigarettes are designed to deliver nicotine, the addictive substance in cigarettes, very quickly to the brain where it makes the body physically dependent on it. In addition to physical dependence, the behaviour of smoking becomes a habit over time. The longer a person smokes, the more their daily activities and moods become linked to their smoking habit and the harder it may be to give it up. Quitting smoking isn't easy but it is possible and made easier with the Porcupine Health Unit's Quit Smoking Clinic.