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Smoking Cessation

Quitting smoking can be hard. However, quitting smoking doubles the benefits of screening, and significantly improves your health. Quitting also improves health outcomes for other tobacco-related diseases including heart attack, stroke and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  The following are information and resources to help you quit smoking. 

The BC Smoking Cessation Program helps eligible BC residents to quit smoking  or use other tobacco products by covering the price of: 

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Each calendar year (from January to December), eligible BC residents can receive a single continuous course of treatment with NRTs. This can be up to 12 weeks (84 days in a row). NRT products include specific nicotine gums, lozenges, and patches. 

You can get NRT products without seeing your primary care provider or be registered for Fair PharmaCare. To access NRT products, visit your local pharmacy. You and the pharmacist must both sign a declaration form. 

Smoking Cessation Prescription Drugs

Each calendar year (from January to December), PharmaCare will cover a portion of one prescription smoking cessation drug for a single continuous course of treatment. This can be for up to 12 weeks (84 days in a row). Talk to your primary care provider about whether prescription smoking cessation drugs are right for you. Depending on your medical history, your primary care provider may prescribe one to you, or suggest you to try nicotine replacement therapy or some other smoking cessation plan.


QuitNow is a free program offering telephone-based behavioural counselling to those looking to quit, or reduce tobacco and e-cigarette use. QuitNow is delivered by the BC Lung Foundation on behalf of the Government of British Columbia. 


Talk Tobacco is a free confidential program offering culturally appropriate support and information about quitting smoking, vaping and commercial tobacco use to First Nations, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous communities.


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