There are different ways to stop smoking and using tobacco. It may also take more than one try to quit completely and you are more likely to quit if you have help. The right option depends on your health, your habits, and other needs.
In person, telephone or online counseling may make it easier for you to quit smoking and can help you deal with stress, understand why you smoke, and help you manage mood changes. If you want support to quit or reduce smoking, you can get help from these programs and services before, during and after cancer treatment.
UHN Smoking Cessation Program
Participating UHN Outpatient Pharmacies at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital offer a free, one-on-one, smoking cessation consultation service with a trained pharmacist. The program also offers access to prescription smoking cessation aids and a variety of nicotine replacement products.
An UHN Outpatient Pharmacist can:
- Work with you to find reasons why it is important to quit
- Help you to understand your triggers for smoking and give you a plan on how to deal with them
- Provide you with helpful tips and information.
See also: Tips to Help You Quit Smoking »
- Work with you to get the most out of your medication
The pharmacy smoking cessation program is a free service available to all, including UHN patients, family members and employees. A referral is not needed for program enrolment.
To join or to learn more about pharmacy smoking cessation programs available at UHN, send an email to
QuitSmoking@UHN.ca, visit or contact one of the participating UHN Outpatient Pharmacies below:
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Outpatient Pharmacy
610 University Avenue
Main floor – Room M633
Toronto, ON, M5G 2M9
Phone: 416 946 6593
Toronto Western Hospital - Shoppers Drug Mart
399 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON, M5T 2S8
Phone: 416 603 5800 ext. Q-U-I-T (7-8-4-8)
Toronto General Hospital Outpatient Pharmacy
585 University Avenue
1st Floor, Norman Urquhart Wing - Room 2
Toronto, ON, M5G 2N2
Phone: 416 340 Q-U-I-T (7-8-4-8)
Other information and support services
Below is a list of other services and programs that can help you quit.
Princess Margaret Patient & Family Library
Visit the library at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre to ask for more information about how to quit smoking or using tobacco.
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
610 University Avenue, 2nd floor, Northwest Atrium (temporary space)
Toronto, ON M5G 2M9
Phone: 416 946 4501 ext. 5383
Find more details about the Princess Margaret Patient & Family Library »
Nicotine Dependence Clinic (CAMH)
The Nicotine Dependence Clinic offers a variety of tobacco cessation treatment services delivered by a team of medical, nursing, pharmacy, social work and addiction therapy professionals. The services include individual assessment, group counseling, consultation on nicotine replacement therapy and cessation medication such as Zyban (bupropion) and Champix (varenicline).
Nicotine Dependence Clinic, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
175 College Street
Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1P7
Phone: 416 535 8501 ext. 77400
Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Monday - Friday)
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Smokers' Helpline (Canadian Cancer Society)
The Canadian Cancer Society’s Smokers’ Helpline offers online based smoking cessation services. Register to access online tools and resources to help you quit. The online program is supported by a community of quitters and Quit Coaches to help you become smoke-free.
Smokers' Helpline Online Quit Program (by the Canadian Cancer Society)
Text "iQuit" to 123456 to receive text message support.
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Telehealth Ontario's Smoking Cessation Program provides telephone support to help you quit smoking. Care Coaches provide smoking cessation support and coaching 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call the toll free number if you want to quit smoking.
Telehealth Ontario's Smoking Cessation Program
Phone: 1 866 797 0000