Quitting Smoking

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.

How your Body Reacts After Smoking

  • After 20 minutes: your blood pressure and heart rate return to normal
  • After 8 hours: you will have less carbon monoxide and more oxygen in your blood
  • After 24 hours: your risk of having a heart attack decreases
  • After 48 hours: your sense of smell and taste get better
  • After 2 weeks: all the nicotine is gone from your body and it is easier to walk and exercise
  • After 1 year: you cut your risk of having a heart attack in half

Free Help is Available

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

  • You may be eligible to access patches through your local Community Health Centre
  • Family Health Teams - If you are a patient at a Family Health Team in Niagara, talk to your healthcare provider about free patches and support
  • STOP smoking workshops - You may be able to receive 5 weeks of the patch for free
  • Niagara Region Public Health and Heart Niagara have partnered to offer support to residents to quit smoking - You may be eligible to receive free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (nicotine patch, gum, lozenge or inhaler) or free quit smoking medications (Champix or Zyban) through Heart Niagara

Champix or Zyban

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.

Additional Help

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.

Quit Kit

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.

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. Find out more about how you can make it happen.

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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