Smoke-Free Living

Quitting Smoking:

What is MyQuit?
MyQuit is a regional smoking cessation program which integrates existing community-based smoking cessation services. The program provides a 'one-stop shop' for tobacco users looking for help quitting smoking in the Champlain region (City of Ottawa, City of Cornwall, Renfrew County, Lanark County, Leeds & Grenville, Prescott-Russell and Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry).
 How does it work?

Tobacco users can call MyQuit 1-877-376-1701, or self-refer by registering online. When a client connects with MyQuit, they speak with a trained professional who can directly book them into any of the MyQuit partners' available cessation services in the Champlain region, including:

  • Individual one-on-one coaching
  • Four-week group coaching
  • Weekly drop-in support groups

  • STOP on the Road workshops

  • Telephone coaching

  • Online coaching

For more information, visit

Second-Hand Smoke:

 What is second-hand smoke?
Second-hand smoke (SHS) is the smoke exhaled by a smoker as well as the smoke from the burning tobacco. It contains more than 4,000 dangerous chemicals, 70 of which cause cancer.

There is no safe level of exposure, even outdoors. Exposure to second-hand smoke (SHS) can be as dangerous on restaurant patios, the beach or park as it is indoors. Cigarette butts can also contaminate sandboxes and beaches.

Studies show that smoke-free spaces can dramatically reduce heart attack rates and respiratory illnesses. Smoke-free spaces can:

  • protect non-smokers from the harmful effects of SHS
  • help smokers to quit
  • encourage former smokers to remain smoke-free
  • protect children from starting to smoke by providing good role models
  • reduce litter
 Are you exposed to your neighbor's second hand smoke?
 The Smoke-Free Ontario Act prohibits smoking in common areas of condominiums, apartment buildings and college and university residences. Examples of common areas include elevators, stairwells, hallways, parking garages, laundry facilities, lobbies, exercise areas and party or entertainment rooms.

Second-hand smoke can easily transfer between units and can expose you to harmful second-hand smoke in your home.

 How can you protect yourself from second-hand smoke?
To learn how you can protect yourself from second-hand smoke, visit Smoke Free Housing Ontario

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