Quitting Smoking

 

With more than 200,000 smokers in Manitoba, multiple programs are required to support various populations to quit smoking. Manitoba’s tobacco and vape reduction efforts are multi-faceted and support broad population needs. If you are ready to make a quit attempt, there are many supports to help.


Smokers' Helpline
Smokers' HelplineA free, confidential service operated by the Canadian Cancer Society offering personalized support and information about quitting smoking and tobacco use. Telephone, text and online live chat support are services available in Manitoba.

 

Talk Tobacco
Talk TobaccoTalk Tobacco provides culturally specific, free and confidential support and information about quitting smoking or vaping through phone, text, and online. Program services were created with input and guidance from First Nations, Inuit and Métis partners, community members and healthcare providers. Talk Tobacco provides bilingual and interpreter services in over 16 Indigenous languages, and is open 7 days a week (except statutory holidays).

 

Quit Smoking with your Manitoba Pharmacist
On April 1st, the “Quit Smoking with your Manitoba Pharmacist” social impact bond launched. Manitobans over the age of 18 who wish to quit smoking can now visit their local pharmacy to receive follow-up counselling sessions, and up to $100 worth of prescribed medications and nicotine replacement therapies over one year to support them in their journey to quit. For more information, please see quitsmokingmb.ca.

 

Tobacco Quit Card and Counselling Program
The Tobacco Quit Card and Counselling Program is managed by Shared Health and provides NRT to low-income Manitobans who have no other coverage options for NRT, and counselling sessions to help them quit smoking. Up to $300 in NRT support is provided to participants. The program is not yet operational but is expected to be launched by summer 2022. For more information, please see Provincial Investment Expands Program to Help More Manitobans Quit Smoking (gov.mb.ca).*

 

Manitoba Quits
ManitobaQuitsA monthly quit smoking contest that challenges smokers to quit for just 24 hours. Their motto, “every quit counts” suggests that each quit attempt helps a person get the skills, mental strength and motivation to eventually quit for good.

 

On the Road to Quitting
On the Road to QuittingThese Health Canada guides will give you the information and skills you need to successfully stop smoking. Spend some time reviewing the booklets online, download a copy or order a paper copy to consider your options, understand what to expect during your quit attempt and learn tips to help you along the way.

* Note:

  • The Tobacco Quit Card and Counselling program and the Quit Smoking with your Manitoba Pharmacist program compliment each other as they share the same goal of assisting Manitobans to quit smoking, but target different populations.
  • The Tobacco Quit Card and Counselling program is integrated with primary care and serves low-income individuals, whereas The Quit Smoking with your Manitoba Pharmacist Program is pharmacist led and serves any Manitoban over the age of 18 who wishes to quit smoking.

 

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Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do to improve your health and the benefits of quitting begin almost immediately.

Start Healing: The Benefits of Quitting Smoking. 20 minutes: Blood pressure and pulse to return to normal. 24 hours: Risk of heart attack starts to drop. 14 days: Circulation increases. Airways in lungs relax. 1 to 9 months: Less coughing. Lungs work better. 1 year: Added risk of smoking-related heart disease or stroke is cut in half. 5 years: Risk of stroke is same as someone who never smoked. 10 years: Risk of dying of lung cancer is much lower. 15 years: Risk of heart disease is similar to a non-smoker.

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Quitting smoking is a complicated journey. Dr. Mike Evans from Ontario has made an excellent video that can help get you ready for a quit attempt.

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