Services in Ottawa to Help People Quit Smoking

If you are thinking about quitting smoking, you are not alone. Most people that use tobacco want to quit and have tried to quit several times. Quitting smoking is a process that takes practice. It takes more than will power; it is about finding what works for you and putting those tools to work to reach your goal of becoming smoke-free.

Developing a quit plan and seeking professional support increases your chances of quitting and remaining tobacco free. There are services in Ottawa to help when you are ready to quit smoking, including:

  • Smokershelpline.ca - A free, confidential service for online tips, tools, and support 24/7. For mobile customers, text messaging services available, Text iQuit to 123456 to register.
  • Telehealth Ontario - To get telephone based smoking cessation support 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, call 1-866-797-0000 or TTY at 1-866-797-0007. Services are provided in both English and French, with telephone interpretation available to support callers in more than 300 languages.
  • The Ottawa Public Health Information Line:
    613-580-6744 or TTY: 613-580-9656

Please click on the tabs below for more resources and services to help you quit smoking.

Community Resources

Contact your Physician

Your physician can offer advice about quitting and can provide you with information about medication that can help.

Family Health Teams' (FHTs) and Community Health Centres (CHCs) Quit Smoking Programs

Some FHTs and CHCs in Ottawa offer quit smoking counselling and free nicotine replacement therapy. Check with your FHT or CHC.

Pharmacists' Smoking Cessation Program

If you receive your medications through the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) program, check with your pharmacist to see if they are offering free quit support through this program. You may be eligible for Zyban or Champix under the ODB program.

Smartphone Apps

Break it Off

  • Free
  • Support and quit tools
  • Track progress + live stats
  • Chat with a quit coach

Smokershelpline.ca - A free, bilingual and confidential service for online tips, tools, and support 24/7. For mobile customers, text messaging services available.  Access online and text services at SmokersHelpline.caText iQuit to 123456 to register.

Access MHA - free mental health and/or substance use/addiction support

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Resources for Pregnant and Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding People Wanting to Quit Smoking

During pregnancy and while breastfeeding/chestfeeding, counselling is recommended if you want to quit or reduce your smoking. A Physician’s Medical Note may be required. Nicotine Replacement Therapy can be provided to help you quit.

For services available, please refer to the services above or the additional services below.

Additional Resources

 Construction Cessation Program

EllisDon, in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society and Ottawa Public Health has created: Build Smoke-Free, a way to connect workers on EllisDon sites in Canada who are seeking to reduce or quit nicotine with no cost resources and information.

Registration and quit help tools are available on Build Smoke Free website.

For more information about this partnership program, please email: buildsmokefree@cancer.ca

 

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