Quit Smoking

Ready to quit? The Thunder Bay District Health Unit provides support for smokers and other tobacco users who are ready to quit.


Health Canada states that smoking increases the risk of coronary heart disease, the most common condition of heart disease. Smokers are up to 4 times more likely to have a sudden cardiac death than are non-smokers. Quitting smoking will reduce your risk of coronary disease. Within a year, the risk is reduced by about half.

There are several resources available in Thunder Bay to help you quit smoking.

Take Control – Personal Tobacco-Free Counselling

The “Take Control” clinic is operated by TBDHU and is designed to help clients get the tools they need to quit tobacco use.

Through this clinic, clients will meet with a Tobacco Quit Nurse for free personal, confidential one-on-one counselling. During these sessions, we help clients create an individualized “quit plan” and offer support as needed during and after they quit to help them in their new tobacco-free life. Services are available to all residents of Thunder Bay District.

To set up an appointment, please call (807) 625-5900.

Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (STOP) Program

STOP on the Road is a program offered throughout Ontario and the TBDHU provides these workshops at regular intervals in the communities throughout the Thunder Bay District. It delivers smoking cessation treatment and counselling to eligible smokers who wish to quit smoking.

The research-based program helps improve quitting success by providing:

  • A 2-3-hour educational workshop to provide coping tools
  • A 5-week course of nicotine patches


Upcoming STOP on the Road Workshops

  • Check back soon for the next Workshop!

To find out your eligibility for these workshops, to register for an upcoming workshop, or for more information, please call (807) 625-8340.

Smokers’ Helpline

Online support, text messaging, and Quit and Win contests to motivate you. For more information visit Smokers’ Helpline. To enroll for text supports, text iquit to 123456.

Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Coverage for First Nation and Inuit People

NIHB clients are now eligible to receive up to three courses of Smoking cessation therapies in a 12-month period. For more information visit NIHB.

Creating a Quit Plan

  • The Journey 2 Quit workbook will help you prepare and create a quit plan (Lung Association).

We can help, too. If you would like help to create your quit plan, book an appointment with the Take Control clinic.

Using Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) Products