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Quitting Smoking

Get Free Help

Every resident in Niagara can
access free help to quit smoking

Contact the Tobacco Hotline

Free Help to Quit or Reduce your Smoking

  • Mailed quit smoking programs with free nicotine replacement therapy

    Ottawa Heart Smoking Cessation Program

    Get six weeks of free patches and nicotine lozenges, and behavioural counselling from a healthcare provider.

    To be eligible, you must:

    • Live in Ontario
    • Be 18 years or older
    • Be smoking cigarettes at time of registration

    To register, call 1-888-645-5405 and leave your contact information on the voicemail.

    STOP on the Net Program

    Get four weeks of free patches and two weeks of nicotine gum or lozenges (participant choice).

    To be eligible, you must:

    • Live in Ontario
    • Be 18 years or older
    • Be smoking cigarettes at time of registration

    This program is online. Patches and gum / lozenges are mailed to you.

  • Welland Life Compounding Pharmacy

    You may be eligible to receive free nicotine replacement therapy and counselling (nicotine patch, gum, lozenge or inhaler). Call 905-714-0990 for more information.

  • Patients of a family health team

    You can access free nicotine replacement therapy as a rostered patient of the following family health teams:

    • Welland McMaster - 905-734-9699 ext. 3
    • Niagara North
      • St. Catharines - 905-988-9617 ext. 226
      • Niagara-on-the-Lake - 905-468-2177 ext. 130
    • Beamsville Medical Centre - 905-563-5315
    • Portage Medical - 905-354-9393
    • Smithville - 905-957-3328
  • Patients of a community health centre

    You can access free nicotine replacement therapy as a rostered patient of the following community health centres:

    • Quest Community Health Centre (St. Catharines - rostered patients) - 905-688-2558 ext. 243
    • Niagara Falls Community Health Centre (Niagara Falls - rostered patients) - 905-356-4222 ext. 233
    • Bridges Community Health Centre (Fort Erie and Port Colborne - rostered patients)
      • Fort Erie - 905-871-7621 ext. 2226
      • Port Colborne - 289-479-5017 ext. 2421
  • French-speaking residents
    You can access free nicotine replacement therapy through the Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton / Niagara at 905-714-9935 ext. 2239.
  • Heart Niagara
    You may be eligible to receive free nicotine replacement therapy (nicotine patch, gum, lozenge or inhaler). Call 905-358-5552.
  • Champix or Zyban
    If you have an Ontario Drug Benefit card, you're eligible to receive support from your local pharmacist and access to free quit smoking medications (Champix or Zyban). Talk to your local pharmacist for more information.
  • Counselling
    • Telehealth Ontario provides counselling support over the phone if you're quitting smoking. Call a Quit Coach at 1-866-797-0000 for smoking cessation supports 24/7.
    • You can also access supports from Smoker’s Helpline digital services including online chat, text message and email support by visiting smokershelpline.ca.
  • Indigenous communities
    You can access a free, confidential telephone service offering culturally appropriate support and information about quitting smoking, vaping and commercial tobacco use. The Talk Tobacco phone service is currently available in Ontario by calling 1-833-998-8255. Interpreter services are available in French and 14 Indigenous languages. Visit smokershelpline.ca.

Tobacco Hotline

If you're not eligible for any of the above programs, contact the Tobacco Hotline at 905-688-8248 ext. 7393.

Health Care Providers

Quitting is hard but you can help your patient make it happen - you can make a difference in your patients' health in under three minutes by using the 5A's:

  • Ask
  • Advise
  • Assess
  • Assist
  • Arrange

Contact Us

For information on quitting smoking, the law or second-hand smoke, email the Tobacco Hotline or call 905-688-8248 ext. 7393 or 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7393

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