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Ready to quit smoking?

Congratulations! You have decided to quit and we can help.

As an organization that promotes health, the number one thing we can tell you to improve your health is to quit smoking.

To have the best chance of quitting and staying quit, you need to know what you’re up against, what your options are and choose a method that would be best for you. Cigarettes are designed to deliver nicotine, the addictive substance in cigarettes, very quickly to the brain where it makes your body physically dependent on it.

In addition to physical dependence, the behaviour of smoking becomes a habit over time. The longer you smoke, the more your daily activities and moods become linked to your smoking habit and the harder it may be to give it up. Quitting smoking is not easy, but you can do it and the Porcupine Health Unit can help.

The Porcupine Health Unit has 2 options to help you 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 your 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 our Quit Smoking Clinic:

  1. Complete the Quit Smoking Questionnaire;
  2. Print and hand deliver or mail it to your local Porcupine Health Unit office;

Once we receive the form we will contact you 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 you succeed:

  1. Try self-help materials like the Canadian Cancer Society’s  One Step at a Time: For Smokers Who Want to Quit booklet.
  2. Ask your health care provider to help you develop an action plan.
  3. Seek counselling from an experienced counsellor, such as your health care provider, pharmacist or local health unit.
  4. Try a treatment program sponsored by hospitals or other organizations in your community.
  5. Consider using a medication, such as prescriptions medication or nicotine replacement therapy to help you quit smoking.

If you want to quit smoking, check out:

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

If you are a teen and you want to quit smoking, check out:

Leave the Pack Behind
Funded by the Government of Ontario

Offers smoking and quitting information, personalized support, and quitting resources - all for free.

Health Canada
Information about quitting smoking for ages 12-18.

If you are pregnant and you want to quit, check out:

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