Smoking cessation is a health priority for the University of Ottawa Health Services Family Health Team.
Patients with a primary care provider at UOHS can book an appointment with a smoking cessation specialist for an in-depth conversation about strategies to quit or reduce smoking. Smoking cessation medication can be provided, often at no cost, to help increase the chances of a successful quit. Follow-up appointments are an important part of the program to help patients get through the quitting process.
What to Expect
Our Smoking Cessation program is structured around the University of Ottawa Heart Institute's Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation in Primary Care. This Model involves a common approach to:
- Identify patients' smoking status at clinic visits;
- Advise patients on strategies to quit smoking;
- Provide assistance with quitting; and
- Ensure follow-up counselling to help patients stay smoke-free.
Visit the University of Ottawa Heart Institute’s website for more information on the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation
How to Access
All patients with a primary care provider at UOHS can access our Smoking Cessation program. You may ask your physician or nurse practitioner to refer you, or self-refer by calling the clinic to request an appointment with one of our smoking cessation counselors. 613-564-3950
Students – you can drop by our Health Promotion Centre on campus at UCU 203 to speak with our staff and learn more about smoking cessation resources and programs.
Employees of the University of Ottawa can also access the Stop Smoking Centre online program available on the Shepellfgi employee assistance program provider website
- The online program is designed in an interactive and personal way to provide employees with the needed resources prior to quitting and to overcome the hurdles associated with smoke cessation.
- For additional information concerning the University’s employee assistance program, or for information about the reimbursement of the cost of Nicotine Replacement products, employees can contact the Health, Wellness and Leave Sector in Human Resources by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 613-562-5800 ext. 1473.
- Smoker’s Helpline - The text messaging service they offer has been shown to increase quit success. Text 'iQuit' to 123546 to receive texts over the next 12 weeks to encourage you on your quitting journey.
- Ontario residents are eligible to receive 2 Nicoderm Step 1 patches (21 mg), a sleeve of 4 mg Nicorette gum, and a discount coupon for $10 off the purchase of any two participating products. To register, visit http://SmokersHelpline.ca/trialoffer, or call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or TTY 1-866-797-0007.
- The Smokers' Helpline also runs the First Week Challenge contest. The contest is open to residents of Ontario ages 19 and over and runs every month. Participants must not smoke for the first 7 days of each month and they could win $500. Participants also receive a coupon for $10 off a Nicorette or Nicoderm product.
- Break it Off is aimed at helping young adults quit. It is run by Health Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society. They have a website, an app, and Quit Coaches available at 1-866-366-3667. They are on Twitter (@BreakitOffCA or @JetelaisseCA).
- The Pan-Canadian Toll Free Quitline is the same as Break it Off, but open to everyone. 1-866-366-3667.
- Ottawa Public Health:
- Meet one-on-one with a quit coach to develop a personalized quit plan, get tips on how to stay smoke-free, and for eligible participants, receive 5 weeks of free nicotine patches and/or gum. To register, visit MyQuit.ca or call 1-877-376-1701. Offered 2 Wednesdays each month. 100 Constellation Drive (Near Woodroffe and Baseline)
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women, and their partner can receive one-on-one quit counselling. During pregnancy and while breastfeeding, counselling is recommended as the first choice of treatment for quitting or reducing your smoking. With a note from a physician, Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) can be provided to hep you quit. Contact MyQuit at 1-877-376-1701 or at http://MyQuit.ca for more information about how to connect with a quit smoking counselor in Ottawa.
- Nicotine Anonymous runs in-person, online and telephone support groups: 1-877-879-6422