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Quitting Tobacco

Quitting tobacco is the best decision you can make for your health. A decision to quit has to come from you and needs to be at a time when you feel ready. As much as they may like to, your family and friends cannot make you quit using tobacco.

Quitting tobacco can be very challenging. In fact, most people will make many quit attempts before they stay quit. It may take several attempts but it is important to stay positive and keep trying – quitting is a process not an event and it's not easy!

In general, here are some key things to remember when trying to quit:

  • It might not happen right away and that is okay - stay positive and keep trying!
  • Find healthy distractions to keep your mind off of tobacco- go for a walk or call a friend.
  • Consider using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Talk to your doctor or a pharmacist about whether an NRT is right for you.
  • You are not alone. There are supports available to help you on your journey to tobacco-free living:

​Smokers' Helpline

​The Smokers' Helpline offers free, 24/7 support for anyone who is thinking of quitting smoking. Tips, tools and support are available online or by text message. To learn more, visit them online at Smokers' Helpline​.

​Within your community

Some local Family Health Teams, Community Health Centres, Friendship Centres and Aboriginal Health Access Centres in our region provide access to cessation counselling and free NRTs. Contact a local health care facility to find out if they offer supports that will help you quit.

​Health un​it cessation services

Find out more about the cessation supports available through the health unit.

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