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The fight against tobacco addiction continues: Free services pay off for everyone

National Non-Smoking Week 2017

Press Release

Montreal, January 17, 2017– It takes only ten seconds for nicotine to reach the brain, says Mathilde Renaud as a reminder in connection with the 2016-2017 public information campaign, which the Ministry of Health and Social Services has mounted to fight tobacco use. Thus, "the effects of tobacco use, and cigarette addiction in particular, are dramatically quick," notes Ms. Renaud, a counsellor in the Smoking Cessation Centre of the Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal (CIUSSS West-Central Montreal).

The law on the fight against tobacco addiction includes, among other provisions, penalties against any adult who purchases tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, for a minor. The law also forbids smoking within nine metres of any door, window or fresh air intake duct that serves non-smoking premises, such as workplaces and businesses.

Free resources available

Individual appointments or group meetings can be made for anyone who is ready to stop smoking or even just thinking about it. "Coming to the Smoking Cessation Centre means choosing not to be judged,” adds Ms. Renaud. “It means being accepted as a whole person, someone with hopes and dreams, but also with the challenges that quitting smoking entails. We’re on hand to help, whether someone is ready to quit or only wants to talk about it."

"The commitment of our healthcare network to safeguarding the well-being of healthcare users means that we are intent not only on providing superior treatment, but helping to prevent illness and the need for medical care," says Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, President and CEO of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal. "Quitting smoking is no easy task, but our healthcare professionals are experienced at assisting anyone who is determined to take that crucial first step."

About the Smoking Cessation Centre

The program is offered in the CLSCs of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal (René-Cassin, Benny Farm, Park Extension, Côte-des-Neiges and Métro). During meetings, various aspects of smoking cessation are addressed, including:

  • nicotine withdrawal, how to remain a non-smoker, and support services 
  • pharmacological aids (nicotine patches and gum), which are reimbursed by RAMQ

Group meetings at the Jewish General Hospital

Information about the Smoking Cessation Program.

Please watch the following video to learn more:


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