Want to quit smoking?
What to expect when quitting
Tips for success
You might not quit the first time you try, so keep trying! Figure out what made you slip up, and how to deal with it next time. Speaking to a health care professional (e.g., doctor, nurse, pharmacist) or Smokers’ Helpline can increase your chance of quitting successfully.
Quitting smoking is hard, we get that, but finding help shouldn’t be. We’ve got you covered.
Find an option below that’s right for you.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Stop Smoking Medications
Using Champix or Zyban can increase your chance of success by 2-3x! 1
These non-nicotine medications work with chemicals in your brain to reduce nicotine cravings, ease withdrawal, and generally make smoking less pleasurable.
Talk to your doctor to find out if these medications may be right for you, and make sure you follow your doctor’s advice carefully.
1. Cahill, K., Stevens, S., Perera, R., Lancaster, T. (2013). Pharmacological interventions for smoking cessation: an overview and network meta-analysis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 5, Art. No.: CD009329. Abstract available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD009329.pub2/abstract.
Talk to a Health Professional
…it can double or even triple your chances of successfully quitting!
Talk to a nurse, doctor, pharmacist, or quit specialist on your campus or in your community about your quit plan. Talk about what happened the last time you tried to quit; what you plan to do this time; whether prescription medications like Zyban or Champix might help and; what other resources are available to you.
New! You can register to receive text support by texting "iQuit" to 123456.
With a Friend
Having the support of friends or family can help you quit.
- Get a friend who smokes to quit with you.
- Tell friends who smoke to not smoke around you.
- Ask friends to keep you distracted & send you positive texts and funny videos.
Quit Smoking Booklets
These mini-booklets are evidence-based. They work!
SMOKE is for smokers who don't want to quit right now. It has tips for dealing with people who nag you to quit & info about smoking that really matters to young adults in post-secondary school!
QUIT is for smokers who are thinking of quitting, or are ready to quit. It offers info about quitting, and strategies that help you deal with nicotine withdrawal & cravings, the stress of being a student, and everyday temptations!
U Know U Want 2… Help a friend quit. Give this book to a friend or family member to let them know how to best support you. It explains all the things you experience when quitting smoking, and tells your friend how they can help you get through any rough spots.
The January contest
The wouldurather…contest open to all Ontario young adults who want to make positive changes to their health. For 6 weeks, the contest challenges you to do one of these things:
- Quit smoking
- Cut back on your smoking by 50%
- Not smoke when you drink / party
- Stay smoke-free if you don’t smoke now
Stay tuned! The contest returns this fall and so does your chance to win AWESOME prizes!