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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: while in-person Quit Smoking Clinics are currently unavailable due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HPEPH staff continue to be available by phone to offer support, quit coaching, and discuss nicotine replacement products. Call us at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803 ext. 600 for more information.

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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We are gradually resuming in-person services at HPEPH by appointment only at this time.  Please review our Service Interruptions page for more information.

All program lines and the COVID-19 information line operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

To assist us with our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask anyone visiting the office for an appointment to:

  • bring a non-medical mask, physical distancing may not be possible during your appointment
  • maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres, both inside and outside the office
  • review symptoms of COVID-19, and reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, or any other illness
  • reschedule your appointment if a family member or other close contact is ill
  • use accessible buttons to open doors, instead of handles
  • use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building

We have made additional changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are visiting our office for an appointment, you can be confident that we are:

  • increasing our cleaning, in alignment with heightened infection control protocols
  • considering alternatives to in-person appointments and meetings when possible
  • screening staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19
  • offering in-person services by appointment only to reduce traffic in office
  • ensuring staff wear masks and/or other protective equipment when seeing clients

Please continue to our website for more information about our programs and services.