Tobacco & E-Cigarettes

At Public Health we tackle tobacco from several fronts: we prevent people (especially youth) from starting to use tobacco; we help people quit; and we support organizations in the community (including landlords) to make their spaces smoke-free. We also enforce the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA), which restricts smoking in certain places like sports fields and schools.

Quit smoking resources

The best way to quit smoking is with help. Here’s where to find it. You can also call us at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 2637 and we can connect you with quit resources in your community.

Your family health team

Many family health teams in our area offer the STOP program, which includes specialized quit counselling and free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Your doctor can also talk to you about prescription quit smoking medications.

STOP on the Road  

We run a small number of workshops in our local communities throughout the year. If you attend, you can receive five weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) patches. Check STOP on the Road for upcoming workshops near you. This program is part of a research study, so some eligibility guidelines apply.

Smokers’ Helpline 

Smokers’ Helpline offers online resources, texting program and live quit coaches available at 1-877-513-5333. They also offer a monthly First Week Challenge contest to keep you motivated.

Leave the Pack Behind

Leave the Pack Behind has resources, contests and free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) when available. For people 18-29.

Mobile phone apps

Crush the Crave and Break it Off are free mobile phone apps to help you quit.