Quitting smoking reduces your own personal harm and protects others around you from tobacco smoke. You may also prevent others from starting smoking because you stop modelling unhealthy behaviours. If you are ready to quit or would like more information, we have resources and services in place to help you.
The BC Smoking Cessation Program covers the costs of prescription and non-prescription smoking cessation aids for BC residents. Visit the BC Smoking Cessation Program website for more information.
Coverage for the cost of cessation aids is also available through the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) for those who qualify. For more information on FNHA coverage, visit their Respecting Tobacco website.
A confidential, free helpline is available 24/7 to all British Columbians. Call toll free: 1 (877) 455-2233 or go online at QuitNow.ca. You can also text QUITNOW to 654321 for text support or text CHAT to 654321 for live text chat with a quit coach.
Free one-on-one support by a doctor or nurse trained in tobacco dependence available by self-referral. Call (604) 875-4800 (press "2").
26-week, free smoking cessation program that provides nicotine replacement therapy and group counselling, available by self-referral.
- For Richmond, all members of the public can call VCH Transitions at (604) 244-5486.
- For Vancouver, Break-Free is a dedicated program for mental health/addictions clients and can be reached at (604) 675-6691.
While you are in hospital you will not be able to smoke on any VCH property. In order to be comfortable and not in withdrawal while you are here for the treatment of your illness, you will be offered nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).
NRT replaces the nicotine you normally get from cigarettes, but without the 4,000 disease causing chemicals. It is a much safer form of nicotine and doesn't cause harm to those around you as there is no smoke.
You will be asked on admission if you would like NRT to manage your withdrawal symptoms. If you are experiencing a strong desire to leave the hospital to smoke, please ask the nurse for assistance.
By using NRT during your hospital stay, you will not only be more comfortable, you will also be giving your body a better chance to heal. Research shows that ex-smokers heal much faster and better than smokers, the more time you spend smoke free the better.
Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your health. If you feel you would also like to try quitting at this time please ask for assistance and referral.