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Quit Smoking Program

Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do to improve your life and health. You may smoke for many reasons, but you have better reasons to quit. Think about your reasons for quitting and what you want to achieve, whether it be health, relationships, or finances. If you are ready to quit, we can help.

Our Programs and Services

Quit Smoking Clinics

Please note: In person Quit Smoking Clinics are currently unavailable due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however HPEPH staff are able to accept phone-in NRT orders from CURRENT (ie seen within last month) clients with curb side pick up of NRT. Access support by calling us at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803 ext. 600.

For anyone looking to access Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) we encourage you to check out the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s online program called Stop On The Net. Eligible participants can access up to 4 weeks of free NRT through this program and it is mailed to your home.

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health supports anyone who is considering taking a step towards quitting smoking. We offer:

  • We Can Quit Smoking Clinics, where participants will receive support and access to low-cost nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum, lozenges, spray, inhalers) for $5 and $10 per product.
  • Free quit smoking information kits.

Prenatal/Post-Partum Support

We also offer home visits to pregnant women and new moms with a baby (up to 12 months of age) who want to quit smoking. Through this program mothers can access:

  • Free nicotine replacement therapy (patch, gum, lozenges)
  • Free quit kit resources
  • Help to make a quit plan
  • Support for her and her partner

Why Quit Smoking?

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Canada. If they don’t quit, half of all smokers will die of a smoking related disease. There is no safe level of tobacco use or exposure to second-hand smoke.

The burning of tobacco produces smoke that contains more than 7000 chemicals, including nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide. These chemicals are harmful to the person who is smoking, but also those exposed to smoke.

Nicotine is an addictive drug that affects the brain and nervous system. It acts as a stimulant and increases heart rate and breathing. Smoking cigarettes and using other forms of tobacco is both physically and mentally addictive.

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas formed when tobacco is burned. Carbon monoxide lowers the amount of oxygen carried in your blood, and therefore limits how much oxygen your body gets. 

Quitting smoking improves the quality and length of your life and the lives of those around you. You start to become healthier the day you quit.

Benefits of Quitting 

  • Your blood pressure and heart rate drop within 20 minutes of quitting
  • The amount of oxygen in your blood improves within 8 hours and carbon monoxide levels normalize within 12 hours 
  • Within 2 weeks to 3 months, your circulation improves and your lungs begin to work better
  • Your risks of heart attack, stroke and cancer all decrease
  • You will also save money, smell better, not have to go outside in the cold to smoke, be able to do more physical activities, taste food better and be a good role model to those around you

Other Resources

Need More Information About Quit Smoking Program?

For more information about our quit smoking programs, email our Tobacco Talk Line or call us at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 600.

Call the Telehealth Smoker’s Helpline at 1-866-797-0000 for free resources and counselling.

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Individuals 12 and over who have not yet had a first dose, or those who meet the minimum second dose interval are now eligible to attend HPEPH walk-in clinics. To view the schedule, visit the Booking and Eligibility Page.

If you attended a clinic and did not receive an email copy of your vaccination receipt you can download a copy off the provincial booking site at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine.

PHARMACY-BASED VACCINATIONS

Individuals 12 and over can also receive their vaccination at participating local pharmacies. Please visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for location and registration information.

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS IN HPEPH

On Friday, July 16 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario moved to Step 3  of the the Roadmap to Reopen. We must all continue to follow the public health measures, advice and restrictions. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people in Step 3, and distancing must be maintained. For more information, visit our COVID-19 page.

POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO COVID-19?

If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.