One of Talk Tobacco’s services is a telephone-based tobacco cessation counselling service, also known as a ‘quitline’ that supports people who smoke, or use vape products to quit or reduce their commercial tobacco use.
Quitline support alone can double your chances of staying quit for good. Coupled with other supports, like nicotine-replacements or other medication, the chances of long-term success are even greater.
Call Talk Tobacco at 1 833 998-8255 (TALK) and a Quit Coach who has knowledge of Indigenous cultures will support you with creating a personalized quit plan, sharing ways to cope with cravings and withdrawals, and finding available resources
in your area.
Talk Tobacco is free and confidential, open seven days a week, and provides interpretation in many Indigenous languages.
A Quit Coach is a Canadian Cancer Society staff member who is a non-judgmental tobacco cessation specialist and is experienced in providing counselling and support to First Nation, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous callers. A Quit Coach can support with:
Making a personalized quit plan that works for you
Dealing with cravings, withdrawal symptoms and stress
Finding community-based support services available in your area
Using quit aids like medication or nicotine gum
Follow-up with you to offer encouragement and support
Please note that Quit Coaches do not provide medical advice and Talk Tobacco services are not a substitute for talking with your health care provider.
Nicotine dependence occurs when you need nicotine and can't stop using it. Nicotine is the chemical in commercial tobacco that makes it hard to quit. Nicotine produces pleasing effects in your brain.
Nicotine is in cigarettes and most vape products, and it's very addictive. The more you smoke, the more nicotine you need to feel good. When you try to stop, you experience unpleasant mental and physical changes. These are symptoms of
Cannabis and commercial tobacco are often used in combination. They may be mixed or used one after the other. When smoked together, there is a risk of developing nicotine dependence. Combined use can make quitting or reducing smoking more challenging.
Smoking cannabis is unlikely to help with quitting or reducing smoking. Inhaling smoke from any burning material is harmful to your lungs and your health.
If you do combine cannabis and commercial tobacco, you can chat with a Talk Tobacco Quit Coach about ways to quit or reduce smoking whilst using cannabis.
If you are concerned about your cannabis use, please talk to a health care provider.
If you smoke, you may be at a higher risk for more serious outcomes of COVID-19. Smoking tobacco can result in respiratory issues that weaken your lungs and are considered an underlying medical condition. It can also weaken your immune system, making it harder for you to fight infections.
If you vape or use e-cigarettes, you may also be at a higher risk for more serious outcomes of COVID-19.
In light of guidelines on handwashing, disinfecting surfaces, and physical distancing, now is not the best time to share cigarettes or vape pens — even with who live with you. COVID-19 can easily spread through indirect oral contact.