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Primary Health Care - Smoking Cessation


Smoking affects almost every organ and system in your body. The good news is the minute you stop smoking your body begins to heal and get stronger.


Ready to Quit Smoking?

Here’s help…

Smokers' Helpline logo.

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Call the Smokers' Helpline at 1-877-513-5333 (may be 10 minute wait, option of leaving name for callback).

This confidential and free telephone helpline provides one-on-one counseling and uses a proven method of quitting.


Hours of Operation

Monday to Thursday, 7:00am to 8:00pm

Friday, 7:00am to 5:00pm

Saturday & Sunday, 8:00am to 4:00pm


When should you call?

  • When you want to quit
  • You’re thinking about quitting
  • You’ve quit and you need support
  • You quit for a while but now you’re smoking again
  • You think you should quit sometime, but not yet
  • You don’t want to quit
  • You want to help someone quit

Visit the smokershelpline.ca website (10 minutes to sign up, self-directed, option of community forum with quit specialist).


Request your healthcare provider to make a referral to the Smokers' Helpline on your behalf. The Helpline will then contact you by phone.


See your family physician.


Call your local pharmacy to see if services are available to help with smoking cessation.


REASONS TO QUIT                                  

  • As soon as you quit your body starts to heal itself.
  • The longer you smoke the harder it is to breathe.
  • You will look and feel better- smoking can cause bad breath, yellow teeth and fingers, and early wrinkles.
  • Think of the money you will save.
  • You will have more energy to do the things you love.
  • Smoking is a fire hazard.
  • Sense of taste and smell will increase; everything will smell better – including yourself, your house and your car.
  • You’ll feel proud of yourself and your ability to overcome something so challenging.
  • You will be setting a good example for your children and everyone else’s children.
  • If you quit smoking it will protect your family and friends from the dangers of second hand smoke.
  • Cigarettes will no longer control your life.

It is never too late to quit smoking

If you have tried to quit before, this is a positive sign, not failure. It often takes several quit attempts to quit for good. Each time you try to quit smoking you are closer to your goal. Keep trying and don’t give up!



Within 20 minutes: your blood pressure and heart rate return to normal.

Within 8 hours: the amount of oxygen in your blood improves.

Within 24 hours: your sense of smell and taste improves.

Within 3 days: your lung capacity improves, your airways relax and if they are not damaged, breathing is easier.

2 weeks to 3 months: your circulation improves and walking is easier.  Your lungs begin to work better.

At 1 year: your risk of heart disease is reduced by half.

At 5 to 15 years: your risk for heart disease, stroke and cancer continuously lowers.


20 minutes $0.44
2 hours $1.32
8 hours $5.50
2 days $22
1 week $77
2 weeks $154
1 month $333
2 months $666
1 year $3,996
5 years $19,980
10 years $39,960
15 years $59,940
*Based on pack-a-day use at $11 a pack


Nutrition Tips when Quitting