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Support to Quit: Resources


Resources for Individuals Looking to Quit Smoking

If you are a smoker looking to quit smoking, there are many excellent - services and resources available to help you. 

Smoking cessation support is offered to patients of Horizon Health Network’s hospitals and health centres. Please click here to find your local Horizon Health facility.

Smoking Cessation Clinics are offered by Vitalité Health Network. The clinics provide individual consultations to those who want to stop smoking. Smokers interested in stopping are monitored by a counselor who provides information and tips on giving up tobacco. Contact your nearest clinic to set up an appointment.

You can download and read a copy of the “On the Road to Quitting” guides by Health Canada. These guides will give you the information and skills you need to successfully stop smoking. Spend some time reviewing the booklets to understand what to expect during your quit attempt and learn tips to help you along the way.  

Finally, you will find below a list of additional resources related to quitting smoking.

Looking for help and advice on quitting smoking? Did you know that Vitalité Health Network offers free Smoking Cessation Clinics? Smokers interested in stopping are monitored by a counselor who provides information and tips on giving up tobacco. We asked NBATC Steering Committee member Karelle Guignard, the Smoking Cessation Program Coordinator at Vitalité Health Network, to tell us more in this video.

Did you know that there are many ways you can inspire a loved one to live tobacco-free and support them so they succeed in quitting smoking? Solange Arseneau, a nurse counsellor for Vitalité Health Network’s Dieppe and Shediac Smoking Cessation Clinics has some great tips! We asked her to share them with us in this video.

In this video, we asked NBATC Steering Committee member Kelly Hurley (Coordinator -Centre of Excellence for Clinical Smoking Cessation at Horizon Health Network) to talk to us about supportive environments for smoking cessation in health care at Horizon Health Network.

Health Canada 
Health Canada provides a vast array of information related to tobacco control. This site provides information on quitting smoking, research, resources, second-hand smoke, health effects of smoking, youth resources, federal legislation, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Health Canada - Benefits of Quitting Fact Sheets
A fact sheet series designed for First Nations individuals.  Cessation fact sheets are titled: “Benefits of Quitting Smoking”, “Choosing to Quit”, “Health Effects of Smoking”, “Getting Ready to Quit”, and “Tips to Help you Quit”. 

Canadian Cancer Society - One Step at a Time Series:

Canadian Partnership Against Cancer: Infographic - Research Data Visualization
Recent research shows smokers lose a full decade of productive, healthy life. Because the risks are big, the benefits of quitting are also big.

Smoking and Tobacco - New Brunswick Lung Association
Information on the dangers and health repercussions of tobacco, including some tips to quit smoking.  

Take the Last Drag - Quit Smoking Tips for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Two-Spirit People - New Brunswick Lung Association
Brochure developed by the New Brunswick Lung Association (2018)

SkillsNB has many free smoking cessation resources. You first need to create a free account to access the resource library. The following resources are of interest to smokers who want to quit:

  • Stop Smoking: 52 Brilliant Ideas to Kick the habit for Good
  • Staying Sane When You’re Trying to Quit Smoking
  • Smoke-Free and No Buts


Resources for Health Care Professionals - Canadian

Horizon Health Network - Smoking Cessation Program

Vitalité Health Network - Smoking Cessation Clinic

University of Ottawa Heart Institute: Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation

Ontario Tobacco Research Unit's (OTRU) On-line Course: Tobacco and Public Health: From Theory to Practice
An award-winning online course that offers a Canadian-focused overview on tobacco control research, policy, and practice. The course contains four modules in both English and French:

  • Prevention
  • Protection
  • Cessation
  • Evaluation

Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

Tobacco: The Role of Health Professionals in Smoking Cessation - Health Professionals' Position Statement 
This statement was developed cooperatively by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association, Canadian Dental Hygienists Association, the Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Nurses Association, and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. .

The Canadian Action Network for the Advancement, Dissemination and Adoption of Practice-informed Tobacco Treatment (CAN-ADAPTT) is a Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) committed to facilitating research and knowledge exchange among those who are in positions to help smokers make changes to their behaviour (e.g., practitioners, healthcare/service providers) and researchers in the area of smoking cessation.

Strategies to help patients stop smoking: the optometrist's perspective
Discusses tobacco's toll on individual and public health, and presents what is currently known about cigarette smoking's risk to ocular health and what eye care professionals can do to help address tobacco use with their patients.

Busting Myths About Smoking Cessation: Special Report
With limited population-level research, myths about smoking cessation persist. Research from the Ontario Tobacco Survey (OTS) has improved our understanding of smoking cessation in the general population. Key facts and findings are summarized, including the frequency and number of quit attempts, the duration and effectiveness of cessation medications, trajectories of smoking, and the effectiveness of population-level initiatives on cessation behaviours.

Kicking the Addiction - Facilitators Guide: Helping People to Live SmokeFree in First Nations Communities
This guide produced by Health Canada introduces the “Stages of Change Model and provides an overview of the 5As (Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist and Arrange). This guide indicates that it is a companion document for Kicking the Addiction presentation. The presentation is not available at this time, but the guide is still helpful.

Integrating Smoking Cessation into Daily Nursing Practice
Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

Resources for Health Care Professionals - International 

Professional Assisted Cessation Therapy (U.S.)
PACT is an independent consortium of leaders in the treatment of tobacco dependence whose mission is to lower barriers to broader utilization of cessation therapy. PACT is

dedicated to helping health professionals help their patients to help themselves.

Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (U.S.)
The Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) aims to increase smoking cessation rates and increase the number of health professionals who help smokers quit. Database & Education Resource for Treatment of Tobacco Dependence (U.S.) presents authoritative evidence-based information about the treatment of tobacco dependence. Information is organized under these five headings: Efficacy, Safety, Demographics and Health Effects, Health Economics, and Policy

Neuropsychiatric safety and efficacy of varenicline, bupropion, and nicotine patch in smokers with and without psychiatric disorders (EAGLES): a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled clinical trial
By Robert M Anthenelli, Neal L Benowitz, Robert West, Lisa St Aubin, Thomas McRae, David Lawrence, John Ascher, Cristina Russ, Alok Krishen, A Eden Evins. Published in The Lancet, 2016. 

Managing smoking cessation
Robert D. Reid PhD MBA, Gillian Pritchard MPH, Kathryn Walker MScPT, Debbie Aitken BScN, Kerri-Anne Mullen PhD, Andrew L. Pipe MD, Published in the CMAJ Review, 2016