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.
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Offers free, confidential service you can call to get health advice or information. A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Canadian Cancer Society
Offers free personalized tools to help quit successfully.
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.