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Quitting Smoking

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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 eight weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy, which includes nicotine patches and participant choice of nicotine gum or lozenges.

    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.

  • Pharmacies

    You may be eligible to receive free nicotine replacement therapy and counselling (nicotine patch, gum, lozenge or inhaler) from a local pharmacy.

    Fort Erie
    Boggio and Edwards IDA
    905-894-2200

    Niagara Falls
    Morrison Pharmasave Pharmacy
    289-296-7600

    St. Catharines
    Family First Pharmacy
    289-362-6030

    Thorold
    Pharma Viva Pharmacy
    905-680-7077

    Welland
    Welland Life Compounding Pharmacy
    905-714-0990

    West Main Community Pharmacy
    905-735-0600

  • 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

    Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton / Niagara

    You can access free nicotine replacement therapy through the Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton / Niagara at 905-714-9935 ext. 2239.

    Smokershelpline.ca

    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 available in Ontario by calling 1-833-998-8255. Interpreter services are available in French and 14 Indigenous languages.

  • 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.

    Those enrolled in the Trillium Drug Program, may be eligible for coverage on prescription medication for smoking cessation.

  • Counselling and support

    Health Connect Ontario

    Health Connect Ontario provides counselling support over the phone if you're quitting smoking. Call a Quit Coach at 811 for smoking cessation supports 24/7.

    Smokershelpline.ca

    Get supports from Smoker’s Helpline digital services, including online chat, text message and email support.

    Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

    Get an evidence-based booklet and app that can help you quit smoking. Download the My Change Plan booklet or the My Change Plan app from Google Play or the Apple Store.

    OHIP+ plan

    The OHIP+ plan may provide quit smoking support if you're not covered by a private plan. Support includes up to a year of pharmacist-assisted counselling. Talk to your pharmacist or health care provider. It may also include no-cost smoking cessation prescriptions if you're 18 years or older.

  • Indigenous communities

    Smokershelpline.ca

    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 available in Ontario by calling 1-833-998-8255. Interpreter services are available in French and 14 Indigenous languages.

    Non-insured health benefits for First Nations and Inuit

    Eligible First Nations and Inuit persons have coverage for nicotine replacement therapy and prescriptions medications. For more information, talk to your health care provider or call 1-800-640-0642.

  • Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program

    People receiving Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Program are encouraged to speak to their case worker to learn about their eligibility for no-cost nicotine replacement therapy and supports.

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 5As:

  • 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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