Quitting

If you are someone who smokes or uses other tobacco products, the single best thing you can do to improve your health is to quit smoking. There is no one size fits all approach to quitting. Finding the right approach depends on what you feel gives you the best chance of becoming tobacco-free.

There are different methods to quitting, such as: quitting cold turkey, reducing to quit, Nicotine Replacement Therapy, or the prescription medications Zyban or Champix.

  • Cold turkey involves quitting without using any nicotine replacement therapy or medication.
  • Reducing to quit allows you to gradually reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke per day until you are no longer having a cigarette at all.
  • Nicotine Replacement Therapy includes nicotine patches, gum, lozenges, inhalers, or mist. They help curb cravings and withdrawal from nicotine.
  • Prescription medications Zyban (Wellbutrin) or Champix (Varenicline) are available with a doctor or pharmacist’s prescription.

Huron Butts Out

Huron Butts Out is a Health Unit service that links people to quit smoking supports in the community. We also provide quit smoking counselling with free nicotine replacement therapy (e.g. patches, gum), at locations in Clinton and Exeter, to people who do not have access to the service through their Family Health Team.

Please call the Health Unit for more information or to book an appointment.

Smokers’ Helpline

Smokers’ Helpline is a great free service that provides text messaging and email support.

Telehealth Ontario

Telehealth Ontario offers a smoking cessation program. Call 1.866.797.000 to learn more.  This program:

  • Gives callers access to a Care Coach. If there is a concern about withdrawal management, a Telehealth Ontario nurse is also available.
  • Provides evidence-informed smoking cessation supports and information.
  • Offers follow-up calls if additional supports and coaching are required.

Quit Contests and Initiatives

Quit contests and initiatives have been shown to give additional motivation to those who are thinking about or trying to quit.

First Week Challenge Contest | Held each month, the Smokers’ Helpline contest encourages people to quit smoking for the first 7 days of the month for a chance to win $500.

Quitting smoking is a big decision. It can be a hard habit to break. Many people try several times before they finally quit for good and that’s normal. Whether you’re thinking about quitting , require help quitting , or looking to stay smoke-free , the Huron County Health Unit can help.


If you have a question please call us at 519.482.3416 or toll-free at 1.877.837.6143. Ask to speak to the smoking cessation public health nurse on the Community Health team. You can also call the Telehealth tobacco cessation program at 1-866-797-0000 or reach Smokers Helpline by texting iQuit to 123456.