Proven methods to help you quit
Quitting is a personal experience and every smoker quits a little bit differently. Some people quit gradually, while others stop and start many times. Some people like to have support, but some people prefer to quit on their own. Other people find success with quit-smoking medicines. And getting sidetracked can happen to anyone. You can use any method alone or in combination. There’s no right way to quit smoking.
What we know is that getting support more than doubles your chances of quitting successfully. Combining counselling from a doctor, pharmacist or quitline with quit aids can more than triple your chances of quitting successfully.
Before you decide what’s best for you, it’s helpful to know what your options are. Here are some proven methods to help you quit smoking:
Quitlines like the Canadian Cancer Society’s Smokers' Helpline (SHL) and J’Arrête offer non-judgmental support and information to people who are quitting, thinking of quitting or supporting someone who is quitting smoking.
Every province and territory has a quitline. All services are free of charge! You can call 1-866-366-3667 – the number on cigarette packages – to reach the quitline nearest you or visit our website.
Smokers’ Helpline serves Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Yukon. For the quitline in your province or territory, visit cancer.ca/quitlines.
Many people find success with nicotine replacement therapy (patches, an inhaler, oral spray, gum or lozenges). These products are available without a prescription.
Your doctor can also prescribe a quit-smoking medicine like Champix or Zyban. Both are available in pill form and actively target your brain and how it processes nicotine.
Talk to your pharmacist, doctor or other healthcare professional to find the right quit aid and dose for you.
Self-help booklets are good tools to help you quit because they help you create a plan to follow. Our 3-part booklet series offers information, activities and tools to guide you through the process of quitting.
There are other great forms of self-help, such as online forums, interactive websites, smartphone apps and text message services.
Smokers’ Helpline Online is an online service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It offers free, personalized tools to help you quit. Get access to a quit coach, exercises, tips, tools and referrals to community programs to help you succeed.
Smokers’ Helpline Online serves Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Yukon. For online quitting support in your province or territory, visit cancer.ca/quitlines.
Get fit while you quit
Walk or Run to Quit is a partnership program of the Canadian Cancer Society and the Running Room that helps you quit smoking by learning to walk or run 5 km. Walking and running can make cutting down and quitting easier by reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Incentive draw prizes are part of the program for both smokers and non-smoker support Buddies.
Learn more at runtoquit.com
Break It Off
Break It Off is a collaborative effort by the Canadian Cancer Society and Health Canada that helps young adults quit smoking and stay smoke-free. You can create your own quit plan, track your progress on the mobile app and get support from others who are quitting in the Facebook group.
Find tips, tools and resources at breakitoff.ca.