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Santé Montréal

Smoking cessation

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Smoking isn’t a choice. It's an addiction.

In Montréal:

  • 1 in 5 people smoke.

  • 7 out of 10 smokers want to quit.

  • Close to 9 people die every day from tobacco-related diseases.


Consequences of smoking

  • On average, a non-smoker lives 10 years longer than a smoker.
  • One in two smokers dies from a tobacco-related disease.
  • Half of smokers who die from tobacco-related diseases are 35 to 69 years old.

Smoking is the leading cause of premature illness and death. The following are attributed to smoking:

9 out of 10 lung cancers

9 out of 10 chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases

30% of all cancers

25% to 30% of heart diseases


Secondhand smoke is dangerous for your health and the health of others

Cigarette smoke contains 4000 different chemicals and 70 cancer-causing compounds.

Exposure to secondhand smoke is associated with increased risks of:

  • dying from heart disease,
  • lung cancer,
  • bronchitis and pneumonia,
  • ear infections in children aged 2 and under,
  • asthma and difficulty breathing in children under 6, and
  • sudden infant death syndrome.

Source : Direction régionale de santé publique de Montréal

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When to Consult

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Protection and prevention

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Risk factors

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Help and Resources

Quit smoking, take action and change your life

Want to quit smoking? You can do it! Take advantage of services offered free of charge. Whether online, over the phone or in person, there is a solution available to help you quit smoking.

Talk with a specialist at I Quit Now: 1-866-527-7283 J’ARRÊTE

Go to the I Quit Now Website

Book an appointment for individual or group sessions with a professional at your CLSC’s Quit-smoking Centre

Receive text messages with tips and tricks by joining SMAT

Ask your pharmacist to help you choose among the products available in pharmacies: patches, gum, lozenges, inhalers and sprays


Take up the challenge by participating in the Quit to Win! Challenge


Walk or run with other smokers by registering for the Walk or Run to Quit Program

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People at Risk

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Dernière mise à jour le : 2019.02.05