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Tobacco cessation

Quitting smoking reduces your own personal harm and protects others around you from tobacco smoke.

If you are ready to quit or would like more information, Vancouver Coastal Health can connect you with resources and services to help you. You can also talk to your family doctor or pharmacist about how to get started. It is never too late to quit. Even in as little as 20 minutes of not smoking, your body starts to heal.

BC Smoking Cessation Program

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 the Respecting Tobacco website.

QuitNow helpline

QuitNow offers a confidential, free helpline that is available 24/7 to all British Columbians. Call toll-free: 1-877-455-2233 or go online at You can also text QUITNOW to 654321 for text support or text CHAT to 654321 for live text chat with a quit coach.

VGH Smoking Cessation Clinic

The clinic provides free one-on-one support by a doctor or nurse trained in tobacco dependence and is available by self-referral. Call 604-875-4800 (press "2").

Break Free

Break Free is a free 26-week smoking cessation program that provides nicotine replacement therapy and group counselling. It is 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) 255-3151.

Youth Clinics

Youth clinics offer free and confidential drop in services for youth where you can talk to a health care provider about the health topics that are important to you. You do not need a care card and usually you do not have to make an appointment.

  • Vancouver - East Vancouver (604) 675-3986, Boulevard (604) 261-6366, South (604) 321-6151
  • Richmond - (604) 233-3204
  • North Shore - (604) 984-5060
  • Powell River - (604) 485-3310

During your hospital stay

All Vancouver Coastal Health sites are smoke and vape-free

While you are in hospital you will not be able to smoke or vape 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).

Patients will be offered nicotine replacement therapy

NRT replaces the nicotine you normally get from cigarettes. 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 to manage your cravings.

Benefits of nicotine replacement therapy during your stay

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.

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 your nurse and/or doctor for assistance

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