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Smoking Cessation for Surgery Patients

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Programs, Services & Resources

​​​​​​​​​​​​There are different ways to stop smoking and using tobacco. It may 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, 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 your surgery.​​

UHN Smoking Cessation Program

Participating UHN Outpatient Pharmacies at Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre 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
  • Work with you to get the most out of your medication
photo of a UHN pharmacist  

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.

How to Join​

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:​

  • Toronto General Hospital Outpatient Pharmacy: 416 340 4075
  • Toronto Western Hospital - Shoppers Drug Mart: 416 603 5800 ext.5686    
  • Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Outpatient Pharmacy: 416 946 6593

Your health care provider can refer you by faxing a referral form for you or you can self-refer.​

Other information and support services

In Toronto:

Nicotine Dependence Clinic, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (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).

Location: 175 College Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1P7
Phone: 416 535 8501 ext. 77400
Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Monday - Friday)
Website: Visit the Nicotine Dependence Clinic website for more information

In Ont​ario:

Smokers' Helpline (Canadian Cancer Society​​)​

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Smokers’ Helpline offers telephone and online based resources and support to help you quit.

Phone: 1 877 513 5333 ​​
Website: www.smokershelpline.ca

Resources

UHN Libraries

The UHN libraries listed below all offer free resources about smoking cessation.

Information & Brochures​