Drop-in smoking cessation group
Joining a smoking cessation support group can double your chances of successfully quitting smoking in the long-term. Starting Wednesday, Oct. 19, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) will start a free smoking cessation group to support people in their tobacco use journey. The group will meet in-person at Vancouver General Hospital on Wednesdays from 3:30pm to 4:30 p.m. This group is most suitable for people living in Vancouver and surrounding communities.
Anyone who currently uses tobacco products, including cigarettes and vape pens, is welcome to drop in to this free smoking cessation service.
Room 4166, Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre, Vancouver General Hospital, 2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1M9
Date: Every Wednesday, starting Oct. 19
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Registration: This free group welcomes drop-ins, no appointment or registration is needed
People who take part in smoking cessation support groups, like this group, are two times more likely to successfully quit smoking in the long term. This group offers support from counsellors trained in smoking cessation to increase your chances of stopping smoking long-term.
This group is open to anyone who currently uses tobacco products and would like support with stopping. No appointment or registration is required. You can drop in to any weekly session.
If you are unable to come to the group but are interested in getting support, you can use the supports listed below. Using supports like these will increase your chances of successfully quitting in the long term.
It is never too late to stop smoking. Stopping tobacco and vapour product use reduces harm to your health and protects others from second-hand smoke and vapour. Your body starts to heal in as little as 20 minutes of not smoking. Talking to a healthcare provider, such as your family doctor or pharmacist, is a good way to get started.
If you have questions about this group, please email helptoquit@VCH.ca or call 604.875.5052 with your query and our team will provide further information.
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 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 Nicotine Replacement Therapy
BC Smoking Cessation Program covers the costs of non-prescription, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for BC residents. The products include the nicotine patch, gum, lozenge and inhaler and are suitable to manage nicotine withdrawal. There may be coverage for those wishing to use stop smoking medications. 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.
Vancouver General Hospital Smoking Cessation Clinic
The clinic provides free, one-on-one support by a doctor or nurse trained in nicotine dependence (tobacco and vapour products). Appointments available in person, by phone or video/virtually. No referral needed. To make an appointment, please call 604-875-4800 (press "2"). View the VGH Smoking Cessation Clinic poster.
Support for Youth (aged 12 to 24)
Healthcare providers at
Youth Clinics offer free, confidential health services to address a variety of health topics, including support for stopping tobacco and/or vapour products use. Youth do not need a BC Services Card (or CareCard). Some clinics will accept drop-in visits while others accept both drop-in visits and booked appointments. Please contact a
youth clinic for more information.
North Shore - (604) 984-5060
Powell River - (604) 485-3310
Richmond - (604) 233-3204
Vancouver - East Vancouver (604) 675-3986, Boulevard (604) 261-6366, South (604) 321-6151
Sechelt – (604) 314-8253
Pender Harbour – (604) 883-2764
Gibsons – (604)-984-5070
Support during your hospital stay
Patients who use tobacco products will be offered free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to help manage nicotine withdrawal and/or cravings. For more information about NRT and/or stopping the use of tobacco or vapour products please speak to your nurse, doctor and/or pharmacist.