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Want to Quit?

Choose a method

Different quit tools and methods work for different people.  There are people who quit using just one tool, and others who quit using many tools at the same time.

Whatever way you choose, focus on why you want to quit and use your support network to help get you through the rough spots.  The most important tools for quitting are making up your mind to quit, and taking the time to make a quit plan that will work for you.

Methods of quitting



brain with gears inside Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

NRT helps lower cravings by replacing nicotine previously received from tobacco in the blood.  Nicotine by itself does not have the toxins and harmful chemicals that cigarettes do.  Using NRT is a safe way to quit.  NRT is available in a gum, patch, lozenge, mouth spray or inhaler.  Using NRT can double your chance of quitting.  All types of NRT are helpful - use what works for you.

Interested in NRT?

Talk to a pharmacist or your health care provider. NRT is available over the counter - you don’t need a prescription to buy it. Be sure to read the package for how to use it.


pill bottle Prescription Medication

Medications to help you quit smoking are available.  These include bupropion and varenicline.  Using medication can help double or triple the success rate of quit attempts.  However, there can be side effects – it isn’t for everyone.

Interested in using prescription medication?

Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider. You’ll need a prescription. If you have benefits, the cost of the drug may be covered.


smartphone icon Phone or Text

Telephone counselling is a great way to help people stop smoking.  Several sessions increase success rates.  Smoker’s Helpline is a toll-free, confidential quit line in Ontario which offers free, personalized and non-judgemental support.  The Quit Coaches at Smoker’s Helpline will help you make a quit plan and deal with cravings, and also offer free resources.

Interested in support?

Smoker’s Helpline also offers free text messaging support.
arrow to sign up for text messages, check it out here.

Call 1-877-513-5333 to sign up.


life preserver icon Self Help

Interested in self-help information?

Check out Durham Region Health Department's website and/or try these links as well.

If you’re thinking of quitting by yourself, there are pamphlets and websites that can help. 


speech bubbles Quit Groups

Groups can be a good way to help people stop smoking. Not all smokers trying to quit want to go to a group, but if you do, they are likely to double your chances of quitting.

Interested in joining a quit group?

Call the Durham Health Connection Line at 1-800-841-2729.


medical leaf icon Alternative Treatments

There are many alternative treatments that claim to help smokers quit (e-cigarettes, hypnotherapy, laser, acupuncture, etc.). Many of these treatments are expensive and they aren’t approved by Health Canada as a way to quit smoking. 

Interested in alternative treatments?

Think about all of your options carefully.  Talk to your doctor before trying an alternative treatment – get all of the facts.