• Programs and services to help you quit smoking

    Nicole Lowe | February 27, 2023

    Every year, more than 4,000 Albertans die because of tobacco use, while tens of
    thousands more Albertans have serious tobacco-related illnesses that greatly affect
    their quality of life.

    Commercial tobacco use (such as cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco)
    is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and premature death in Alberta,
    and increases the risk of heart disease, lung cancer, oral cancers, chronic lung disease,
    diabetes and other illnesses. Quitting tobacco is one of the best ways to improve health
    and well-being. It may take several attempts to quit, so it’s important to not give up.

    AHS has programs and services to help Albertans quit:

    • The AlbertaQuits Helpline,1-866-710-QUIT (7848) provides one-to-one telephone
    • Try a free text message service that gives tips and motivational messaging to
    help people quit. The text service includes support for quitting vaping and a live
    chat feature with quit counsellors. Enroll today by texting ABQUITS to 123456.
    • The website albertaquits.ca provides information and tools for people preparing
    to quit.
    QuitCore is a group support program that provides people with strategies and
    skills they need to quit tobacco, while connecting them with others who are also
    trying to quit. This program is offered in person, as well as virtually through
    • Use of cessation medications increases your chances of success, and the cost of
    the medications may be covered. Check with your provider for coverage

    Information and resources are available at health clinics, pharmacies and dental offices
    in many communities and AHS locations, including cessation services created for
    patients who use tobacco or tobacco-like products.

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