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Alberta Resources

Quitting Support Programs

Individual Stop Smoking Support

AlbertaQuits Helpline

If you're thinking about quitting, are ready to quit or have already quit but are afraid you might slip, call AlbertaQuits Helpline at 1-866-710-QUIT (7848). It's a free smoking cessation helpline available from 8 AM to 8 PM seven days a week for all residents of Alberta. AlbertaQuits Helpline provides translation services in 180 languages.

Trained Cessation Counsellors will help you develop a quit plan, deal with cravings and tricky situations, and provide ongoing support throughout your quit.
Remember, quitting smoking or spit tobacco is tough, but it's easier when you have help. Call now and double your chance of quitting with support from the AlbertaQuits Helpline.

Group Stop Smoking Programs

QuitCore offers free group quit smoking support across Alberta. This program, for adults eighteen and older, teaches quitting support techniques such as self-hypnosis, behaviour modification, relaxation, and strategies to help with physical and mental recovery, and includes visits from past graduates as well as a support person's program. Led by trained professionals, the program consists of either six or eight 90-minute sessions over a period of 10 to 14 weeks and incorporates common best practices to help tobacco users quit.
Call: 1-866-710-QUIT [7848]
Website: www.quitcore.ca

Smart Steps towards a smoke-free life is facilitated by The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT providing smoking cessation services specifically to workplaces across the province of Alberta. Smart Steps is a 3 session program in which participants will develop a personalized quit-plan to help deal with withdrawal, develop coping mechanisms, as well as learn about medications and how they help.
Call: 1-888-566-LUNG (5864)
Website: www.ab.lung.ca
Email: smartsteps@ab.lung.ca

Kick the Nic program is a 10-week cessation program for youth aged 13 to 17 that makes use of a support group format with an adult facilitator. The goal is to help youth who smoke quit and prepare for future quit attempts. Training is provided for adults based in high school and community organizations working with teens to enable them to lead courses for teens wishing to quit tobacco use. Service is provided in selected high schools and community based agencies throughout the region.
Call: 1-780-422-1350
Email: tru@albertahealthservices.ca

Nicotine Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship program based on the recovery program of Alcoholics Anonymous. This is a volunteer-led program which provides support to adults who wish to quit smoking and to those who have already quit. It is offered in various locations around Alberta.
Website: www.nicotine-anonymous.org

Health Care Professional Cessation Training


TRAC Professional Development

This free two-day program provides health professionals with the skills and tools they need to talk effectively with their patients and clients about quitting smoking. Participants will learn:

  • effects of tobacco dependence and challenges faced by people trying to quit or cut back, including special groups with unique challenges
  • supportive, non-judgmental techniques for talking with your patients and clients about tobacco use and quitting
  • positive, proven strategies for helping people quit
  • available tobacco cessation programs and services in Alberta Courses are scheduled in convenient locations throughout Alberta.
    See the Registration Package for details.
    Call: 1-780-422-1350
    Email: tru@albertahealthservices.ca

    TEACH (Training Enhancement in Applied Cessation Counselling and Health)

    TEACH builds upon the success of TRAC by offering three free supplemental courses to health professionals.

  • Helping Pregnant Smokers Quit Smoking: A Woman-Centred Approach
  • Tobacco Interventions for Patients with Mental Health and Addictive Disorders
  • Community-Based Integrated Health Promotion: Diabetes, Physical Activity, Obesity and Tobacco Use. Each of these two-day courses includes individual exercises, group discussions, live clinical demonstrations, hands-on practice and comprehensive materials. Call: 1-780-422-1350
    Email: tru@albertahealthservices.ca

    Tobacco Prevention Programs

    Prevention efforts under the Alberta Tobacco Reduction Strategy incorporate population health approaches including school-based programs, community capacity building projects, and special events such as National Non Smoking Week (NNSW) and World No Tobacco Day (WNTD).

  • Teaming Up for Tobacco Free Kids - a school-based, Alberta Education curriculum linked prevention program aimed at youth in grades 4-6.
    Website: www.tobaccostinks.com

  • Building Leadership for Action in Schools Today (BLAST) - a junior high peer-leadership program delivered by The Lung Association and funded by Alberta Health Services
    Contact: The Lung Association: 1-888-566-5864
    Website: www.ab.lung.ca Click on the Smoking & Tobacco tab, then the BLAST link.



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