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Congratulations, you're deciding to quit smoking. It's a big step to a healthier life. Quitting is not easy; take it one step at a time. No matter how long you've smoked, your health will improve when you quit. Your body will start to reverse some of the damage done by smoking.


When you stop smoking, within:

  • 20 minutes - your blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal
  • 2 days - your sense of smell and taste being to return
  • 1 year - your risk of smoking-related heart disease or stroke is cut by one-half
  • 5 years - your risk of heart disease is the same as someone who never smoked
  • 10 years - your risk of dying from lung cancer is cut in half


Quitting smoking often takes practice. Many people relapse/start smoking again in the first few weeks or months after quitting. Don't be discouraged, it often takes a few tries to quit for good. With every attempt you quit, you gain coping skills to deal with nicotine withdrawal symptoms and triggers.


What is the single best thing you can do to quit smoking?


Where to go for help

Algoma Public Health offers Tobacco Cessation Clinics which provide personalized support as you begin your journey towards becoming and remaining smoke-free.

Call to schedule an appointment 705-942-4646 .

Help is also available through the Canadian Cancer Society's Smokers' Helpline which offers advice, information and support by phone at 1-877-513-5333 or online at the Smokers Helpline.

There are several Family Health Teams, Nurse Practitioner Clinics and Indigenous Health Access Centres in Ontario that offer cessation counseling and supports to their rostered clients. Check with your healthcare provider to see if these services are available on site.

The Ontario Tobacco Research Unit offers an innovative opportunity for individuals considering quitting to be part of a voluntary online panel to receive information about special studies that you can take part in as well as the latest information about services and products to help people quit smoking. This opportunity is available online.

Quit Smoking Resources




Date of Creation: June 1, 2015

Last Modified: June 12, 2019