Quit Smoking Manitoba
Quit Smoking Manitoba is a smoking cessation program created by Pharmacists Manitoba and the Manitoba Government. This program provides support and resources to residents who are looking to quit smoking in Manitoba.
The program is designed to help you quit smoking with your Manitoba pharmacist as a supportive resource.
For more information about the program please visit us in-store or call us at (204) 233-3469
Is the Quit Smoking With Your Manitoba Pharmacist program completely free?
The quit smoking support and resources that you receive from your Manitoba pharmacist are free.
This includes an initial assessment session of up to 60 minutes. During this session your smoking history is discussed and a personalized quitting plan is established. You also receive up to 9 follow-up visits with the pharmacist (which are 5 to 15 minutes in length) as well a $100 subsidy is provided to you to help offset any medication costs you may incur.
Therefore you receive free support and counseling from one of our specially-trained pharmacists and $100 for medication costs. If there are medication costs beyond $100 you will have to pay for those.
Who is eligible for this smoking cessation program?
It is not difficult to qualify for this smoking cessation program. To be eligible for the Quit Smoking with your Manitoba Pharmacist program you must be a Manitoba resident with a valid Manitoba health card, 18-years of age or older, smoke cigarettes and are willing to set a quit date in the near future.
To determine if you are eligible please call one of our pharmacists at (204) 233-3469 and they can confirm your eligibility and schedule you for your initial assessment.
How can a pharmacist help me to quit smoking?
All pharmacists, who are participating in this quit smoking program, have completed required training courses specific to this smoking cessation program. These training courses are chosen by the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba. The pharmacists are granted authorization by the College to prescribe and counsel for smoking cessation.
Besides their regular pharmacist training, the pharmacists taking part in this program have completed additional training specific to tobacco usage, including the biology and physiology of nicotine addiction, medications used for smoking cessation, and behavioural change.
Your pharmacist will work with you to take a health and medication history, they will ask you about your tobacco use, and help you to create a personalized plan to stop smoking. The pharmacist also has the ability to prescribe Nicotine Replacement Therapy or other quit smoking medications to help you stop smoking. It is up to you whether you want to use medications to stop smoking or not.
How long does this special smoking cessation program run?
This special smoking cessation program runs from April 1, 2022 until March 31, 2025 or until the maximum number of participants (4,500) have been enrolled, whichever comes first.
How long do I have to stop smoking with this program?
Once you are in the program, you are able to receive the benefits of all parts of the program for 12 months from the date of your initial appointment. If you are still smoking cigarettes more than 12 months after your initial appointment, you can enroll in the program again.
What is nicotine replacement therapy?
Nicotine replacement therapy is the use medications to provide nicotine to your body instead of getting nicotine from cigarettes. These quit smoking aids or medications include nicotine patches, nicotine gum, nicotine lozenges, nicotine inhalers and nicotine sprays. Long-term nicotine replacement therapy is the nicotine patches. Fast-acting nicotine replacement includes nicotine gum, lozneges, inhalers and sprays.
To learn more about nicotine replacement therapy visit our Nicotine Replacement Therapy page.
To find out more detailed information please feel free to visit the Quit Smoking With Your Manitoba Pharmacist website.
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