Services in Ottawa to help people quit smoking
Quitting smoking is a process that takes practice. It is not a matter of willpower; it is a matter of finding what works for you and putting those tools to work to reach your goal of becoming smoke-free. Numerous services, programs and agencies in Ottawa provide assistance when you are ready to quit smoking.
2-hour Quit Smoking Workshop
Eligible participants attend a 2-hour workshop on quit smoking strategies, nicotine replacement therapy and its correct use. A FREE 5-week kit of nicotine patches will be provided to participants following the workshop.
- Friday, March 31, 2017 (Near Woodroffe Avenue and Baseline Road, College Ward)
- 1 to 3 pm
- Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (Near Bronson Avenue and Gladstone Avenue, Somerset Ward)
6 to 8 pm
- Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (Near Vanier Parkway and Donald Street, Rideau-Rockcliffe Ward)
2 to 4 pm
To learn more, see if you qualify and to register, visit MyQuit.ca or call 1-877-376-1701.
The MyQuit program is designed to support anyone interested in quitting smoking or cutting back their tobacco use. The program is free of charge and is delivered by our coaches who are trained in the latest techniques to help you successfully stop smoking.
4-week Quit Smoking Groups
4-week groups can provide you with support to quit. These FREE groups are offered day or evening with sessions in various areas of the city. Nicotine patches or gum are available for eligible participants.
To learn more or to register, visit MyQuit.ca or call 1-877-376-1701.
- Near Alta Vista Dr and Heron Road (Alta Vista Ward)
Start Date: May 30, 2017
Tuesdays: 1:15 to 2:45 pm
Ottawa Public Health
Ottawa Public Health’s weekly drop-in provides counseling, and support to help you quit smoking. Meet one-on-one with a quit coach for up to 30 minutes to develop a personalized quit plan, get tips on how stay smoke-free, and, for eligible participants, receive free nicotine patches or gum.
To avoid a line-up, registration is recommended. To learn more, or to register, visit MyQuit.ca or call 1-866-376-1701.
- Wednesdays: 12 pm to 3:30 pm
100 Constellation Drive, second floor, see reception on arrival (Near Woodroffe Avenue and Baseline Road, College Ward)
Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
Sacred Smoke is a culturally-responsive quit smoking support program for Aboriginal people in the Ottawa region. Activities offered through this program vary by season and may include weekly support groups, Elder support, cultural teachings, one-on-one support, physical activities, crafts, and more!
For more information, visit the Sacred Smoke Drop-In website.
Resources for pregnant and breastfeeding women wanting to quit smoking
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) offers one-on-one quit smoking counselling for pregnant and breastfeeding women, and their partner. During pregnancy and while breastfeeding, counselling is recommended as the first choice of treatment for quitting or reducing your smoking. With a note from a physician, OPH can also provide Nicotine Replacement Therapy to help you quit.
Contact MyQuit at 1 877 376-1701 or at MyQuit.ca for information about how to connect with a quit smoking counsellor in Ottawa.
- Ottawa Public Health Information Line
613-580-6744 or TTY: 613-580-9656
- Smoking, NRT and Breastfeeding at Parenting in Ottawa
- Prenatal classes
- Motherisk Helpline
- CAN-ADAPTT Guidelines
Quit smoking groups at work
Work with Ottawa Public Health to host a FREE 2-hour workshop on location at workplaces where there are 10 or more participants who want support to quit.
Each workshop involves:
- a 2-hour workshop about quit smoking tools and techniques
- a brief one-on-one counseling session with a public health Quit Coach
- 5-weeks of FREE nicotine patches, available for eligible participants
To register, or for more information, please contact the Workplace Health Line:
613-580-6744, ext. 24197
Resources for young adults wanting to quit smoking
Are you a student in Ottawa?
exposé’s iSmoke program has tips to help you quit smoking.
Nicotine patches and quit smoking counseling are also available. Check out what quit smoking services are available on your campus.
- Support and quit tools
- Track progress + live stats
- Chat with a quit coach
- Offers quit help
- Tracks progress
8-week running program for young adult smokers – www.QuitRunChill.org
Resources for youth wanting to quit smoking
School Health Team
Ottawa Public Health’s School Health Team offers quit smoking support for students in high school through workshops, one-on-one counseling and nicotine patches. Contact 613-580-6744, ext. 28020 to get in contact with the nurse at your school.
Other community programs
Nicotine Anonymous – Dalhousie Community Centre
This 12 Step Program with ongoing self support is offered every Tuesday evening from 8 to 9 pm.
Community Health Centres
Most Community Health Centres (CHCs) in Ottawa provide quit smoking services and support. Nicotine Replacement Therapy is available. Contact your local CHC for more information.
Dr. Lena’s Clinic for Adolescents
Free counseling is available with a referral.
Offered in: English
Heart Institute Quit Smoking Program
Treatment and support is provided by smoking cessation nurse specialists.
Offered in: English and French
Cost: $10 administration fee
Family Health Teams’ (FHTs) Quit Smoking Programs
Some FHTs in Ottawa are offering quit smoking counselling and free nicotine replacement therapy. Check with your FHT!
Pharmacists’ Smoking Cessation Program
If you receive your medications through the Ontario Drug Benefits plan, check with your pharmacist to see if they are offering free quit support through this program. You may be eligible for Zyban or Champix under the ODB program.
Contact your Physician
Your physician can offer advice about quitting and can provide you with information about medication that can help.
Canadian Cancer Society Smokers’ Helpline
A confidential service available by phone, online and text messaging. Quit coaches provide personalized support, advice, information and a “quit plan” that suits you. Call from anywhere in Ontario, 7 days a week. Interpreter service is available. Access online and text services at SmokersHelpline.ca. Watch the “Connect to quit with Smokers' Helpline” video.
Offered in: English and French