Smoking Cessation

Smoking cessation is a health priority for the University of Ottawa Health Services Family Health Team.  In 2009, our providers adopted the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation (OMSC) in Primary Care. It focuses on helping patients quit smoking long term by providing counselling and cessation medications. The program helps patients identify their smoking status, provides advice on strategies to quit smoking; and provides assistance with quitting. The program includes collaboration with the Heart Institute to provide follow-up counselling to help patients remain smoke-free.

All patient who have a visit with a family physician, allied health professional or specialist at UOHS will be screened for their smoking status using the Ocean tablets, at registration.

The Program includes collaboration with CAMH's STOP for access to free NRT. In addition, uOttawa students are referred to a smoking cessation counsellor through the Leave the Pack Behind program.

What to Expect

The Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation involves a common approach to:

  • Identify your smoking status at clinic visits;
  • Advise you on strategies to quit smoking;
  • Provide assistance with quitting while at the clinic; and
  • Ensure follow-up counselling once you leave the clinic to help you 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 this program. Ask your physician or nurse practitioner about the program if you are interested in being referred. You can also self-refer to these programs by calling us at 613-564-3950 to request an appointment with the one of our smoking cessation counsellors. 

Students – you can also drop by our Resource Centre on campus at UCU 203 to speak with our staff and learn more about smoking cessation resources and programs and our walk/run group to help you quit for good.  Visit (LTPB) for online smoking cessation strategies and tips.  Sign up at (QRC) for online run/walk and relaxation programs that benefit both smokers and non-smokers.

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 or by phone at 613-562-5800 ext. 1473.

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Hours of Operation

Walk-in Clinic
100 Marie Curie, Ottawa

Monday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 2 PM
Sunday: 10 AM - 2 PM


Holiday Hours

Monday, May 20th : 10 AM - 2 PM

Important Walk in appointment information for Rideau Clinic location


300-100 Marie Curie Pvt
Ottawa, ON
K1N 6N5

Tel: 613-564-3950

Fax: 613-564-6627

After Hours Access to Care

Patients registered with a family doctor at UOHS

In case of emergency, always dial 911. THAS connects you to a nurse who can provide medical advice, or, if appropriate, provide access to a family health team doctor or suggest that you go to emergency.


Patients not registered with a family doctor at UOHS – Ontario residents

In case of emergency, always dial 911. Telehealth Ontario is a free service that allows Ontario residents to speak to a Registered Nurse with their medical questions any time of the day or night. This could be when you're sick or injured but aren't sure if you need to see a doctor or can treat the situation at home.


Patients not registered with a family doctor at UOHS – Quebec residents

In case of emergency, always dial 911. Info-Santé 8-1-1  is a free and confidential telephone consultation service that puts you in contact with a nurse in case of a non-urgent health issue.

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