You may be able to get free or low-cost products to help you quit smoking. Products to help you quit are available through the following programs or places.
1. Ontario Drug Benefit program
If you are on the Ontario Drug Benefit program, you can get:
- 12 weeks of Champix® or Buproprion in a 12-month period with a prescription from your doctor or pharmacist
- counselling from a pharmacist on how to quit smoking
2. Post-secondary schools
If you are a student at a college or university, such as Mohawk College or McMaster University, you can get:
- quit smoking products
- counselling through Student Health Services
3. Non-Insured Health Benefits for First Nations and Inuit
Eligible First Nations people and Inuit can get:
- nicotine replacement therapy such as the patch and gum or prescription Zyban through Health Canada’s Non-Insured Health Benefits program
4. Family Health Teams
If your doctor belongs to a family health team, you may be able to get:
- nicotine replacement therapy
Check with your doctor to see if they provide this benefit.
5. Benefits providers
Through your employer, you can often get:
- nicotine replacement therapy and/or prescription quit smoking products
Check with Human Resources at your workplace or with your benefits provider to see if they pay for this benefit for you.
You can get:
- Free nicotine replacement therapy
- One-on-one counselling with a public health nurse
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