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. Quitting smoking is not easy, but you can do it and the Porcupine Health Unit can help. A proven relationship exists between the amount of intervention and intensity of treatment, and the success of an individual in quitting tobacco use.
Canadian Cancer Society
Offers free personalized tools to help quit successfully.
Leave the Pack Behind
Funded by the Government of Ontario
Offers smoking and quitting information, personalized support, and quitting resources - all for free.
Information about quitting smoking for ages 12-18.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Information about smoking and pregnancy for pregnant women and healthcare providers. 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 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 isn't easy but it is possible.