Quitting smoking

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.

For information on all quit smoking programs, call MyQuit at 1-877-376-1701. You can also connect with Ottawa Public Health on our BlogFacebook and Twitter for the latest public health information.

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.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 (Near Montreal and Marier, Rideau-Vanier Ward)
10 am to 12 pm

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 (Near Bank and Walkley, Alta Vista Ward)
6 to 8 pm

Thursday, November 17, 2016 (Near King Edward and St. Patrick, Rideau-Vanier Ward)
6 to 8 pm

Thursday, December 8, 2016 (Near Castlefrank and Hazeldean, Kanata South Ward)
6 to 8 pm

To learn more, see if you qualify and to register, visit MyQuit.ca or call 1-877-376-1701.

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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.

Greenboro Community Centre
Start Date: October 13, 2016
Thursdays: 1:15 to 2:45 pm

Routhier Community Centre
Start Date: November 15, 2016
Tuesdays: 1:30 to 3 pm

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Community Drop-ins

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 infomation, visit the Sacred Smoke Drop-In website.


Quit smoking groups at work

Work with Ottawa Public Health to host a FREE 2-hour workshop on location at workplaces where there are 8 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.

Smartphone Apps

Break it Off

  • Free
  • Support and quit tools
  • Track progress + live stats
  • Chat with a quit coach

Crush the Crave

  • Free
  • 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.

Contact: 613-859-1210

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 
Contact: 613-737-7119

Heart Institute Quit Smoking Program

Treatment and support is provided by smoking cessation nurse specialists.

Offered in: English and French
Cost: $10 administration fee
Contact: 613-761-5464

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!
Cost: Free

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.


Online resources

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
Cost: Free
Contact: 1-877-513-5333