Quitting smoking might seem like a lonely process, but you're not alone - more than 60% of Niagara residents who smoke want to quit. Congratulations on taking a step towards quitting smoking.
If you have an Ontario Drug Benefit card, you are also eligible to receive support from your local pharmacist and access to free quit smoking medications (Champix or Zyban) - see your local pharmacist for more information.
If you are interested in Champix or Zyban, there is a current research study that provides 12 weeks of these medications for free.
You can access your Healthcare Provider for support to quit smoking - ask your physician, nurse practitioner, nurse or dentist for help and resources.
The Smokers Helpline, Canadian Cancer Society can also provide support if you are quitting smoking. Call a quit specialist at 1-877-513-5333.
There are lots of resources available to help you to quit smoking. Call 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7393 for a printed Quit Kit that includes more tips for quitting and self-help materials that can help you to become smoke-free, or order a free quit smoking kit online.
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. Find out more about how you can make it happen.
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