Smoking Cessation Program

Thinking about quitting smoking? Congratulations! That means you’ve already taken the first step toward better health. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do to take care of yourself. It will significantly reduce your risk for an unbelievably long list of health conditions.

Besides lengthening your life, quitting smoking will also improve your quality of life. You’ll be able to enjoy breathing easier, you’ll have more energy, and you’ll gain some peace of mind. 

We know that quitting smoking is easier said than done. It often takes people more than one try to quit smoking for good. However, success rates are much higher when you get some help, such as with the assistance of our Smoking Cessation Program.

A patient in a smoking cessation program breaking a cigarette.

Don’t learn to live with your pain. If you have chronic pain (which means any pain that lasts for six months or longer) it’s probably not going to go away on its own.

Our Chronic Pain Programs are customized for each patient and take a comprehensive approach. That means we can address all aspects of your health including physical, functional, and psychological issues.

This is useful because there are a lot of different factors that contribute to chronic pain. For example, did you know that anxiety and depression can increase your chronic pain symptoms? Or that problems with your feet can be the cause of chronic back pain? That’s why our whole-body approach is so effective at chronic pain management.

Your Custom Plan

At Activa Clinics, we provide personalized health care. That means all of our treatments are tailored to the unique needs of the patient. Our Smoking Cessation Program is no different.

We’ll start by speaking with you about your medical history, smoking habits, concerns, symptoms, and health goals. Then we’ll create a custom plan to help you get smoke-free.

There are a number of treatment options that can be incorporated into your custom plan. They include:

  • Counselling for support, education, and behaviour modification
  • Nicotine replacement therapy such as using nicotine gum, patches, lozenges, or an inhaler
  • Acupuncture or laser therapy to decrease cravings and withdrawal symptoms
  • Prescription drugs

Our wide range of services means we can provide solutions to help with other issues that are associated with quitting smoking. For instance, we have nutritionists and physiotherapists who can help with diet and exercise programs to help avoid weight gain, and we have mental health professionals that provide coping strategies for increased stress or depression stemming from nicotine withdrawal. 

The sooner you quit smoking the better, but it’s important to remember that it’s never too late. For example, smokers who quit at age 50 can gain about six years of life expectancy over those who continue to smoke.

Cost and Coverage

Just like most of our treatments, our Smoking Cessation Program are covered by extended health plans, such as coverage you may have through work. So these programs are usually available at little or no cost to you. If you don’t have coverage or are unsure, give us a call and we can help. We can also provide our treatments at competitive rates. 

If you qualify for the Ontario Drug Benefit Program it includes coverage to help you quit smoking:

  • up to a year of pharmacist-assisted counselling (talk to your pharmacist or health care provider)
  • drugs (Champix or Zyban) if you are age 18 years or older
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If you’re looking for a smoking cessation clinic near you, we probably have you covered. We have seven clinic locations that serve communities in and around Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton, Scarborough, or Kitchener.

FAQ's

  • 1. How effective are smoking cessation programs?

    Smoking cessation programs are effective in one, initiating smoking cessation and two, maintaining the process. One can find comfort as the programs are patient-centered, nonjudgemental, and non-confrontational. The client is taught on cognitive and behavioral techniques that help a smoker to deal with cravings.

  • 2. What is the most successful way to stop smoking?

    Quitting smoking starts with you. There are many approaches to ceasing. Start by setting a quit date. Find healthy distractions, e.g., sports. Gradually cut down the number of times you smoke, ask for social support from friends if it's overwhelming. Seek treatment e.g., nicotine replacement and gum, varenicline, zyben, and antidepressants.

  • 3. What are the 5 A's of smoking cessation?

    These are the 5As of smoking cessation. 1. Ask about tobacco use. Identify and document tobacco use status for every patient at every visit. 2. Advise quitting. In a clear, strong, and personalized manner, urge every tobacco user to quit. 3. Assess willingness to make the client quit. 4. Assist in a quit attempt. The patient is willing to make a quit attempt, offer medication, and provide or refer for counselling or additional treatment to help the patient quit. For patients unwilling to quit at the time, provide interventions designed to increase future quit attempts. 5. Arrange follow-up. For the patient willing to make a quit attempt, arrange for follow-up contacts, beginning within the first week after the quit date.