The Smoke-Free Ontario Act came into effect May 31, 2006.
Ways to Quit
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Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your health, but for some it can also be extremely difficult. To find out what options you have for quitting smoking, visit ontario.ca/stopsmoking.
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU)
WECHU provides eligible clients with up to 16 weeks of nicotine replacement therapy.
WECHU can also be contacted to help you find the most appropriate service or support in Windsor and Essex County for which you are eligible.
Leave the Pack Behind
Leave the Pack Behind (LTPB) is an age-tailored tobacco cessation program for young adults aged 18-29 which provides counseling and access to free nicotine replacement therapy. Also available for students at St. Clair College and the University of Windsor through Student Health Services.
City Centre Health Care
1400 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, Ontario N8X 3L9
If you’re a patient of City Centre Health Care you may qualify to receive six months of nicotine replacement therapy and counseling sessions.
Erie Shores HealthCare (formerly Leamington District Memorial Hospital)
519-326-2373 ext. 4014 and ext. 4522
Eligible clients can receive individual counselling and up to 26 weeks of nicotine replacement therapy. Must not be a rostered patient of a local Family Health Team.
Family Health Team STOP Program (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients)
If you’re a rostered patient you may qualify to receive six months of nicotine replacement therapy and counselling sessions
Family Health Teams with this service include:
Leamington and Area FHT
Windsor Essex Community Health Centre STOP Program (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients)
If you’re a rostered patient of Windsor Essex Community Health Centre at one of their 6 sites, you may qualify to receive 6 months of nicotine replacement therapy and counselling session. Sites include:
- Street Health (711 Pelissier St, Windsor ON N9A 4L4)
- Diabetes Wellness (2885 Lauzon Pkwy, Unit 107, Windsor ON N8T 3H5)
- Sandwich Community Health Centre (3320 College Ave, Windsor ON N9C 0E1)
- Teen Health (1361 Ouellette Ave., Unit 101, Windsor ON N8X 1J6)
- Pickwick Place (7621 Tecumseh Rd., Windsor ON N8T 3H1)
- Leamington (33 Princess St., Suite 450, Leamington ON N8H 5C5)
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) STOP Program (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients)
WECHU holds group STOP workshops where eligible participants can attend one local session and receive five weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy ( nicotine patches) and smoking cessation information to help them in their quit attempt.
City Centre Health Care Breathing Easy Program
1400 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, Ontario N8X 3L9
City Centre Health Care offers a six week ‘Breathing Easy’ smoking cessation program which includes support and education to adults who are either trying to cut down and/or those who wish to quit altogether.
Leamington and Area Family Health Team (LAFHT)
The Leamington and Area FHT offers smoking cessation group education sessions for rostered and non-rostered patients living in Essex County. Sessions held in Leamington and Kingsville. Registration is required.
Smokers' Helpline (SHL)
Smokers' Helpline offers three different services to help you quit smoking:
- Online quit program- Supportive community, online tools, and a self-directed quit program.
- Phone quit program- Speak to a Quit Coach, build a Quit Plan, and receive one-on-one guidance.
- Text messaging support- Interactive support, scheduled messages, and help to cope with cravings.
All services are free and available in English and French. Interpreter service is available in over 100 languages for the phone quit program.
Call Smokers' Helpline today at 1-877-513-5333 or visit Smokers' Helpline
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Lung Health Information Line
Speak with a Certified Respiratory Educator about lung disease, secondhand smoke, information about smoking cessation, and tips to help you quit. Call 1-888-344-5864 or visit the Ontario Lung Association.
Are you covered under you workplace program?
Some workplace benefits have coverage for quit medications and counseling. Contact your workplace wellness program, human resources, or your group benefit plan provider for more information.
Do you qualify for Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB)?
Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) recipients are eligible for up to one year of smoking cessation counseling sessions through their local pharmacy. Recipients are also covered for quit medications including Champix or Zyban. For more information, talk to your local pharmacist.
Who can prescribe quit medications?
Doctors, Nurse practitioners, Pharmacists, and Dentists can prescribe quit medications. Many of these health care providers have additional training in smoking cessation and may also be able to provide counseling.