Tobacco & E-Cigarettes

At Public Health we tackle tobacco from several fronts: we prevent people (especially youth) from starting to use tobacco; we help people quit; and we support organizations in the community (including landlords) to make their spaces smoke-free. We also enforce the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA), which restricts smoking in certain places like sports fields and schools.

Quit smoking resources

The best way to quit smoking is with help. Here’s where to find it: 

Your family health team

Many family health teams in our area offer the STOP program, which includes specialized quit counselling and free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Your doctor can also talk to you about prescription quit smoking medications.

Stop on the Road  

We run a small number of workshops in our local communities throughout the year. If you attend, you can receive five weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) patches. Check STOP on the Road for upcoming workshops near you. This program is part of a research study, so some eligibility guidelines apply.

Smokers’ Helpline 

Smokers’ Helpline offers online resources and a texting program. They also offer a monthly First Week Challenge contest to keep you motivated.


Telehealth has free phone support available to help you quit smoking. Call 1-866-797-0000 (toll-free TTY: 1-866-797-0007).

Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation (OMSC) Community Program for Ontario

This program provides smoking cessation treatment and support to individuals who are not currently enrolled with a healthcare provider or cannot easily access smoking cessation treatment and support. 

Mobile phone apps

Break it Off is a free mobile phone apps to help you quit.

Quit smoking tips

  • List the reasons why you want to quit
  • Understand why you smoke
  • Become aware of your triggers
  • Start taking small steps to deal with triggers
  • Set a quit date
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about quit smoking options