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Cessation (intervention & treatment)

It is never too late to quit. Stopping tobacco and vapour products use reduces personal harm and protects others from second-hand smoke and vapour. Even in as little as 20 minutes of not smoking, your body starts to heal. Talking to a family doctor, pharmacist, nurse, nurse practitioner, or counsellor is a good way to get started. The Tobacco & Vapour Products Reduction Program is ready to help by providing resources and referrals to community services.

Free counselling

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

The 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). To make an appointment, please call 604-875-4800 (press "2").

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 the 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

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. 

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