Free help by phone, online support, text messaging, and Quit and Win contests to motivate you. For more information visit Smokers' Helpline.
To enroll for text supports, text iquit to 123456
The STOP Program (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients)
The STOP Program is a province-wide initiative that delivers smoking cessation treatment, including up to 26 weeks of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and counselling support to eligible Ontario smokers who wish to quit smoking. STOP is delivered through many Family Health Teams and Health Access Centres throughout NW Ontario.
“STOP on the Road” workshops are also offered by Thunder Bay District Health Unit. Eligible participants take part in a 1-hour presentation on quitting smoking and can receive 5 weeks of free NRT. To find out your eligibility for these workshops, to register for an upcoming workshop, or for more information, please call (807) 625-8340.
Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Coverage for First Nation and Inuit People
NIHB clients are now eligible to receive up to three courses of smoking cessation therapies in a 12-month period. For more information visit NIHB.
Leave the Pack Behind
Young adults’ cessation programs including smoking and quitting information, personalized support and quitting resources – all for free. If you are between 18-29 years old, you may be eligible to access 8 weeks free NRT. For more information visit Leave the Pack Behind.
Aboriginal Tobacco Program
The Aboriginal Tobacco Program works with Aboriginal communities to decrease and prevent the misuse of tobacco. For more information visit tobaccowise.com.
Government of Ontario Quit Support
It often takes many attempts – and some help – to succeed at anything. Quitting smoking is no different. Find support to help you quit.
Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) Program
Champix® and Zyban® will be covered for patients who are seniors (age 65+), in long-term care homes or those on social assistance (welfare or because of disability). Visit the Ontario Drug Benefit website to learn more.
Pharmacy Smoking Cessation Program
Provides supportive counselling for ODB patients. It is not mandatory to be a part of this counselling program in order to access the ODB-funded smoking cessation medications. Visit the Ontario Drug Benefit website or call Service Ontario INFOline: 1-866-532-3161 to learn more. To find out which pharmacies offer this service, check the community listings on NWQuit.com.
Moving on to Being Free
Moving on to Being Free is a research study and cessation program held in hospitals and Family Health Team clinics. Participants receive one-on-one counselling, a personalized quit plan, and follow-up support. To find out where this is offered, check the community listings on NWQuit.com.