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Talk To A Health Professional

Talk To A Health Professional

Speaking to a health professional can more than DOUBLE your chances of quitting1

What it does for you

Speaking to a health professional (doctor, nurse or pharmacist) gives you important quitting information and options that you may not get anywhere else. Your doctor can make a note in your chart that you are trying quit, and follow up with you to see how it’s going. The extra motivation and support your doctor provides can increase your odds of quitting.

How to talk to a health professional

It’s a good idea to make several appointments with your health professional. You can talk to them about: what happened the last time you tried to quit; what you plan to do this time; whether medications might help; how you can deal with nicotine withdrawal; and so on.

Where to find a health professional

Visit campus health services or a pharmacy or see your own family doctor.

What they cost

Appointments with Ontario physicians – including those on campus – are covered by OHIP if you are a resident of Ontario. Advice from a pharmacist is also free. Other health professionals may charge a fee.

1Compared to placebo treatment – where the person isn’t getting the real quit aid, even though they think they are getting it. Fiore, MC. et al. (2008). Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. Clinical Practice Guideline. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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