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.
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Offers free, confidential telephone service to get health advice or information. A Registered Nurse is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Canadian Cancer Society
Offers free personalized tools to help people quit successfully.
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.