Quitting smoking is the single best thing a person can do to improve their health. If your patient smokes, it is vital that you ask about their smoking status and assist them with quitting by providing them with cessation counselling or referring to other community services.
At HPEPH, we provide programs and services to help community members quit smoking or reduce their use of tobacco. These include our smoking cessation clinics and distribution of low cost nicotine replacement therapy.
Nicotine Replacement Starter Packs are available at no charge to Health Care Providers in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. A Starter Pack contains: 2 Nicoderm patches and a 15 pack of Nicorette gum. Each pack should provide a patient 2 days of NRT support.
“We Can Quit” Smoking Cessation Clinics:
At our “We Can Quit Smoking Clinics“, participants will receive support and access to low-cost nicotine replacement therapy of patches, gum, and/or lozenges for $5 per product, and/or spray or inhalers for $10 per product (subject to availability). We also distribute Quit Smoking Information Kits free of charge.
If you have a patient who is interested in quitting, we encourage you to complete the online referral form or print and fax the referral form pdf to 613-966-1813, to connect them with Public Health’s smoking cessation team.
The following documents support and align with our Smoking Cessation Clinics:
- Public Health Medical Directive for Dispensing of Nicotine Replacement Therapy
- Dosing algorithm for Nicotine Replacement Therapy
- Drug Interactions with Tobacco Smoke
“We Can Quit” Prenatal/Postnatal Program
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health offers a special smoking cessation program for women who are pregnant or who have a baby (up to 12 months of age) and want to quit smoking or vaping. If you have a pregnant patient or a new mom who interested in quitting, we encourage you to complete the online referral form or print the referral form and fax to Public Health at 613-966-1813.
Through this program, Public Health staff will visit the client in their home, and provide:
- Free nicotine replacement therapy (patch, gum, lozenges);
- Free quit kit and resources;
- Help to make a quit plan; and
- Support for the new mother/mother to be and their partner.
Other Helpful Resources for Your Patients:
- Telehealth Smoker’s Helpline – 1-866-797-0000
- Families Controlling and Eliminating Tobacco (FACET)
- Smokefree Women