If you're ready to quit smoking or are even starting to think about quitting, there are numerous resources and support groups both online and here in Toronto that are ready to help you go through the process. Of course the best way to begin any major health related change is to consult with your doctor - if you don't have a family doctor, finding one and getting a full check-up can be your first step in your smoking cessation program.
Support to Help You Quit Smoking - In-Person Programs and Groups
Stop Smoking Clinic - St. Joseph's Health Centre
The Stop Smoking Clinic brings together a team of physicians, nurses and addiction service workers to assist you in your plan to quit smoking. Call in advance to book an appointment.
- Learn more by reading the brochure
- Make an appointment by calling 416-530-6486 ext. 3969
The CAMH Nicotine Dependence Service
Mention of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health makes most people think of much harder drugs than nicotine, but smoking is an addiction and the good people at CAMH know it and have a Nicotine Dependence Clinic. They even offer special services for people who have a more complicated situation, such as pregnant women or people with multiple addiction issues. Anyone however can schedule themselves for a general assessment, without requiring a referral.
Quit and Get Fit
The STOP program
Toronto Public Health, in partnership with CAMH, runs the STOP program, which offers research-based workshops to help participants quit smoking.
To learn more and see if you qualify to register for STOP, call Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600.
Support to Help You Quit Smoking - Online and By Phone
Canadian Cancer Society - Smokers' Helpline
According to the Canadian Cancer Society's statistics, smoking causes approximately 85 per cent of lung cancers. It's not surprising then that the organization is committed to helping all Canadians quit smoking. A free service, the phone portion of the Canadian Cancer Society's Smokers' Helpline has live "Quit Specialists" available who can talk to you about any stage of your quitting process. The line is open from 8am-9pm Monday to Thursday, 8am-6pm on Fridays and 9am-5pm on weekends. There is also the accompanying website which has both a message board where you can seek and offer support, and a set of online tools to help you develop your personal plan to quit and track your progress.
About.com: Smoking Cessation
Terry Martin is About.com's Guide to Smoking Cessation and her site can help you develop a plan, stay motivated, deal with relapses and more. While you're there don't forget to visit the popular About.com Smoking Cessation support forum where you can read about the experiences of other people who are in the process of quitting and share your own tips, setbacks and triumphs.
Ontario Lung Association - Smoking and Tobacco
The Ontario Lung Association also has information on the impact of smoking and tips for quitting on their website (look under "Programs"). There's also a lung health phone line available from 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday.
More Smoking Cessation Resources
Toronto Public Health - Smoke-free Living
Toronto Public Health has information on smoking myths and facts, Ontario and Toronto's smoking laws, contests, events and more.
Health Canada - Tobacco
The Health Canada site has resources to help you quit plus information on the effects of smoking that might help you stay motivated.
Quit 4 Life - For Teens
This Health Canada site provides teens with a step-by-step program to quit smoking in 4 weeks. You can try out the site without registering, but signing up for your own profile will allow you to save your progress, receive e-mail reminders and more.
I Will Succeed
The Heart & Stroke Foundation rounds up more resources and programs.