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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.

For local support and helpful services, see the directory below or contact us at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit to find which of the options will best meet your needs.

What type of support are you looking for?

Quit Medications Paired with One-on-One Counselling

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU)

519-258-2146 ext.3100

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

519-971-0116

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

www.erieshoreshealthcare.ca

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:

Amherstburg FHT
519-736-7770

Harrow FHT
519-738-2000

Leamington and Area FHT
519-322-1100

Windsor FHT
519-250-5656

Windsor Essex Community Health Centre STOP Program (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients)

519-997-2823

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)

Group Sessions

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) STOP Program (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients)

519-258-2146 ext.3100

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.

Sign up for the registration waitlist.

City Centre Health Care Breathing Easy Program

519-971-0116

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)

519-322-1100

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.


Phone and Online Quit Programs

Smokers' Helpline (SHL)

1-877-513-5333

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

Pregnets

Pregnets’ goal is to improve the health of moms and their babies by offering online information, resources, and support to pregnant and postpartum women and their health care providers.

Motherisk

1-877-439-2744

Motherisk is a helpline that provides information about the safety or risk of drugs, chemicals and disease during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Lung Health Information Line

1-888-344-5864

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.


Other resources to consider

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.

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