Talk To A Health Professional
Speaking to a health professional can more than DOUBLE your chances of quitting*
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.
The gum is available in 2mg and 4mg strengths, with fun flavours like: fresh mint, orange and fruity. Ask a doctor or pharmacist to help you figure out which dosage is best for you. Follow the dose and frequency they recommend! Seriously!
Where to find a health professional
Go to your campus clinic or pharmacy or see your own family doctor or health professional.
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.
*Fiore, MC. et al. (2008). Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. Clinical Practice Guideline. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.