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Smoke Free Living

There are many services and resources for people who choose to reduce or quit smoking. Preventing youth from starting to smoke, following laws that protect non-smokers from tobacco smoke, and making local policies that support smoke-free living are important parts of reducing illness and death caused by using tobacco products.

It is normal to try several times before successfully quitting smoking. Deciding to quit could be the single most important thing a smoker does for his/her health.


Visit or call 1-877-376-1701 to speak with a specialized smoking cessation quit coach.  Book into a local clinic for individual or group counselling and receive free NRT.

Smokers’ Help Line

Visit Smokers’ Helpline or call 1-877-513-5333 for free, confidential and personalized support. Proven tips and tools to help you quit tobacco use and increase your chance of being successful. Counselling is available by phone, online and text messaging in English and French. Interpreter service is available by phone in over 100 languages.

Leave the Pack Behind

A quit smoking program for young adults age 18 – 29 with supports to help reduce or quit smoking.

Young adults can:

Order FREE nicotine patches and gum online (while supplies last)
Read the quit smoking mini-booklets
Download the free Crush the Crave mobile phone app to help with quitting
Join the online run and quit program – QuitRunChill
View the Break it Off website and download the mobile phone app to learn more about “breaking up” with smoking
Enter the annual wouldurather… contest

Physicians/Health Care Providers

Physicians and other health care providers can offer information and counselling about quitting smoking and can recommend or prescribe medications to help you quit smoking.

Private Health Insurance

If you have private health insurance (e.g. through work), call your insurance company to see what smoking cessation services your plan offers.

Pharmacy Smoking Cessation Program

Through the Pharmacy Smoking Cessation Program, pharmacists can recommend over-the-counter medications to help you quit smoking and can prescribe certain medications for smoking cessation. Some pharmacies offer a smoking cessation program which offers counselling for eligible Ontarians.

If you receive your medications through the Ontario Drug Benefit plan (ODB), check with your pharmacist to see if they are offering free quit smoking support through this program. You may be eligible for Champix (varenicline) or Zyban (bupropion).


Research has consistently shown that using certain smoking cessation medications doubles the chances of successfully quitting in clinical settings.

Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (STOP) Study

The STOP Study is a research project of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) that aims to discover the most effective ways to deliver free smoking cessation medication and counselling to smokers across Ontario.

Patients at Family Health Teams, Community Health Centres, and addiction agencies in Renfrew County and District can enroll in the STOP Study and receive ongoing smoking cessation treatment. This includes Nicotine Replacement Therapy and counselling support, at no cost. Other residents of Renfrew County and District can enroll by contacting Addictions Treatment Service (613-432-9855/1-800-265-0197) or Mackay Manor (613-432-7666/1-877-819-4181).

First Week Challenge Contest

The First Week Challenge Contest offers a chance to win a $500 cash prize by quitting smoking or stopping other forms of tobacco for one week.

Adults 19 and over can register on the web site or by calling the Smoker’s Helpline (1-877-513-5333) by the last day of each month. For a chance to win the cash prize, stay tobacco-free for the first 7 days of the next month. A new winner is randomly chosen every month.

Walk or Run to Quit

Walk or Run to Quit is a tobacco cessation program that uses physical activity to help you quit smoking. Many people struggle with withdrawal symptoms and cravings when trying to quit smoking. Exercise reduces cravings, helps manage withdrawal symptoms and improves general health. Walk or Run to Quit will give you tools and resources to help you reach your goal to quit smoking by learning to walk or run 5 km.


  • One Step at a Time – A series of 3 booklets on smoking and quitting developed by the Canadian Cancer Society.
    • For Smokers Who Want to Quit – Information, activities and tools to help guide you through the process of quitting and support you in reaching your goal of becoming smoke-free.
    • For Smokers Who Don’t Want to Quit – Information and activities to help you think about why you smoke and how it affects you and your family.
    • Help a Smoker Quit – Tools and strategies to support smokers along their quit journey.
  • Journey 2 Quit – A workbook by the Lung Association of Ontario to help prepare to quit and create a quit plan.
  • On the Road to Quitting – Guides by Health Canada for adults and young adults with information and strategies to successfully stop smoking.
  • Quit 4 Life – A quit smoking booklet and program for youth developed by Health Canada.


Clear the Air  For LGBT communities. Information on the benefits of quitting smoking, an assessment tool, quit tips, and other resources.

Aboriginal Tobacco Program – Tobaccowise  Information on tobacco and health from the Aboriginal Tobacco Program of Cancer Care Ontario.

Pregnets For moms, moms-to-be and health care providers. Includes answers to common questions about quitting, discussion boards and other resources for quitting smoking.

Positive Quitting For people living with HIV, employees at HIV clinics and AIDS service organization. Quit smoking resources, links to smoking cessation helplines, training opportunities, model policies, and facts about smoking and HIV.

Ministry of Health and Long Term Care – Support to Quit Smoking – It often takes many attempts – and some help – to succeed at anything. Quitting smoking is no different. Find support to help you quit.

Never starting to smoke is an important part of reducing illnesses and deaths from tobacco use. Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death.

Renfrew County and District Health Unit offers programs for youth that use youth engagement principles to address tobacco issues while building life and leadership skills.

Freeze the Industry

Freeze the Industry is a coalition of youth from across Ontario. Its commitment is to expose and fight the deceptive and manipulative tactics used by the tobacco industry to target youth.

Freeze the Industry is supporting the federal government’s pledge towards plain and standardized packaging and standing up against arguments put forward by the tobacco industry.

Join and support the Freeze the Industry movement. Contact Renfrew County and District Health Unit to find out where and how to get involved locally: 613-735-8651 extension 500 or 1-800-267-1097 extension 500.



Smoke Free Movies

The Ontario Coalition for Smoke-Free Movies is raising awareness about the impact that smoking in movies has on youth smoking. The Coalition is calling for a rating change in Ontario that would prevent tobacco from being shown in future movies rated for kids and teens.

Local youth are invited to take action on this issue. Contact Renfrew County and District Health Unit to find out where and how to get involved: 613-735-8651 extension 500 or 1-800-267-1097 extension 500.


Love My Life…Tobacco Free

Love My Life (LML) …Tobacco Free provides a platform for youth to be empowered and engaged in tobacco use prevention. LML allows youth to be creative in looking at how tobacco-free social and physical spaces influence healthy living for your mind, body and spirit.

Contact Renfrew County and District Health Unit for more information or to schedule a workshop: 613-735-8651 extension 500 or 1-800-267-1097 extension 500.


The Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA) prohibits smoking tobacco and cannabis in all enclosed workplaces (including vehicles), enclosed public places, and certain outdoor places in Ontario. This is necessary to protect workers and the public from the hazards of second-hand smoke. There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke.

The Act prohibits the sale and supply of tobacco and cannabis products to anyone who is less than 19 years old. It also places restrictions on how tobacco products can be displayed, handled and promoted in retail stores.

Renfrew County and District Health Unit enforces the SFOA in workplaces, public places, schools, health care facilities and tobacco retailers.Tobacco Enforcement Officers:

  • Visit restaurants, bars, tobacco retailers, enclosed workplaces and public places to check that they are following the regulations in the SFOA (using signage, following restrictions on the display of tobacco products and not smoking in prohibited places).
  • Visit tobacco retailers with a “test shopper” under the age of 19 to check that sales staff are asking for proof of age and refusing to sell tobacco products to people under the age of 19.
  • Investigate tobacco-related complaints.

Cannabis was legalized on October 17, 2018.  The SFOA was updated to include the smoking and vaping of cannabis. For more information about risks associated with cannabis go to RDCHU Alcohol and other Durgs.

The Not to Kids Coalition is a network of public health units in Ontario whose goal is to create a healthy, tobacco-free generation. The coalition supports an ongoing reduction in the number of youth who use tobacco products, and reduced access to tobacco from all sources.

Renfrew County and District Health Unit encourages municipalities, sports and recreation organizations, workplaces and landlords to create tobacco-free spaces that are not included in the SFOA. Smoke-free laws, regulations and policies that help reduce people’s exposure to second-hand smoke are important and add to provincial efforts to stop tobacco-related illness and death. The Health Unit can provide support and assist you with developing smoke-free policies.

Residents have a right to smoke-free air in their home. Smoke-Free Housing Ontario provides resources for landlords and tenants to make their apartment buildings and other multi-unit dwellings smoke-free.

Promoting Smoke-Free Policies: A Guide for Workplaces helps employers protect their employees and customers from second-hand smoke. The guide explains the “why” and “how” of creating, promoting and enforcing smoke‐free policies in the workplace.

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