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Ways to Quit - We Can Help

Quitting smoking is one of the best things 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, or contact us at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit to see which of the below options will best meet your needs.

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What type of support are you looking for?

Quit Medications paired with Counselling:

Windsor Essex Community Health Centre

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)

Family Health Team (FHT)

If you’re a rostered patient you may qualify to receive six months of nicotine replacement therapy and counselling sessions

Leave The Pack Behind

  • Leave The Pack Behind (LTPB) is an age-tailored tobacco control program for young adults. Counselling and access to free nicotine replacement therapy is available for students at St. Clair College and the University of Windsor.

Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (STOP) City Centre Health Care Program

  • If you’re a rostered patient of City Centre Health Care you may qualify to receive six months of nicotine replacement therapy and counselling sessions.

Group Sessions:

Family Health Teams: Group Education Sessions

  • The Leamington and Area FHT offers smoking cessation group education sessions for rostered and non-rostered patients. Registration is required.

Breathe Easy

  • City Centre Health Care offers an eight 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.

Individual Counselling and Online Quit programs:

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.
    • 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 and smoking cessation counselling and information. Call 1-888-344-5864 or visit the Ontario Lung Association.

Other resources to consider:

Are you covered under your workplace program?

  • Some workplace benefits have coverage for quit medications and counselling. Contact your workplace wellness program or your group benefit plan provider for specific information.

Do you qualify for Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB)?

  • Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) recipients are eligible for a number of smoking cessation counselling sessions through their local pharmacy. ODB recipients are also covered for quit medications including Champix or Zyban.

Who can prescribe quit medications?

  • Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, and Dentists can prescribe quit medications. Many Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, and Pharmacists have additional training in smoking cessation and can provide counselling to patients. 

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