As an organization that promotes health, the number one thing we can recommend to improve health is to get people to quit smoking.
To have the best chance of helping someone to quit and stay quit, you need to know what you’re up against, what the options are and help them choose a method that would be best for them and a good place to start is with the Canadian Cancer Society’s One Step at a Time: Help a Smoker Quit. 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 is not easy, but it is possible and the Porcupine Health Unit can help.
Once we receive the form we will contact them to book an appointment.
The Porcupine Health Unit has partnered with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to provide STOP on the Road, a research-based program that measures the effectiveness of providing nicotine patches to Ontarians who wish to quit smoking.
STOP on the Road provides eligible smokers:
Canadian Cancer Society
Offers free personalized tools to help people quit successfully.
Leave the Pack Behind
Funded by the Government of Ontario
Offers free smoking and quitting information, personalized support, and quitting resources.
Information about quitting smoking for those between the ages of 12-18.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Information about smoking and pregnancy for pregnant women and healthcare providers. Offers an online support group.