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Quit-Smoking Programs

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Better smoking cessation programs:

  • Have at least 4 to 7 sessions that include self-help materials and individual or group counselling.
  • Have sessions that last at least 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Last at least 2 weeks past your quit date. Some programs spend several weeks preparing for the quit date. The program is often most useful after you have quit.
  • Are affordable. Many programs are free or low-cost; others cost more. Some provincial health plans and private insurance companies or employee assistance programs (EAPs) cover the cost of smoking cessation programs.

Most local health units or your provincial lung association can recommend a program in your area.

Change your quit date to match the program date. In many communities, programs are only offered 2 to 3 times a year. Keep this in mind as you plan your timeline for quitting.

Avoid any program that promises to make quitting easy or that sounds like it has the only answer or a "secret" method that works better than any other method. There are no "magic bullets."

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer John Hughes, MD - Psychiatry
Specialist Medical Reviewer Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
Last Revised August 31, 2009

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