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Is someone you know ready to quit smoking?

Someone you know has decided to quit! We can help.

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.

The Porcupine Health Unit has 2 options to help people quit smoking:

  • The Quit Smoking Clinic
  • Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (STOP) Program

The Quit Smoking Clinic provides:

  • Free one-on-one counseling sessions with nurses who are trained to help people quit smoking.
  • Quit smoking plans that are based on individual goals and lifestyle.
  • The patch, gum, inhaler, lozenge (nicotine replacement products) at a reduced cost (only for clients participating in the Quit Smoking Clinic).

Who can participate?

  • Adults
  • Teenagers
  • Pregnant women

To join the Quit Smoking Clinic:

  1. Get them to complete the Quit Smoking Questionnaire;
  2. Print and hand deliver or mail it to the local health unit office;

Once we receive the form we will contact them to book an appointment.

Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (STOP) Program

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:

  • A two to three hour educational workshop that provides helpful information on quitting smoking,
  • A five-week course of nicotine patches at no cost.

When is the next STOP study?

  • In Timmins, the Porcupine Health Unit offers a workshop in afternoons of the second Thursday of every month.
  • Pre-registration is required
  • For more information, to see if you qualify and to register please call your local Porcupine Health Unit office.

Other suggestions to help people quitting smoking succeed:

  1. Access self-help materials like the Canadian Cancer Society's One Step at a Time: For Smokers Who Want to Quit booklet.
  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, such as prescription medication or nicotine replacement therapy.

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.

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

For Pregnant Women:

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