Quitting Smoking and how your pharmacist can help

Pharmacists now have the authority to prescribe medications for people who wish to quit smoking. 

 Pharmacists can:

  • Prescribe to help you quit
    One of the ways pharmacists can help you quit smoking tobacco is by prescribing medications such as champix or bupropion.
  • Offer guidance with over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy
    Over-the-counter therapies such as the patch, gum, inhaler, lozenge, spray can help you reduce to quit. Consult your pharmacist to find out if one of these will work for you. 
  • Counsel you
    The support of your pharmacist improves your chances of quitting. You can set up weekly to monthly counselling sessions with your pharmacist as you work through the cessation program.
  • Arm you with tips and tools
    Pharmacists have been trained and can equip you with many strategies such as identifying social triggers as well as tactics for dealing with cravings which can help you. 

Many people have successfully quit smoking and studies have shown that people are more successful quitting when they combine medication with advice and practical strategies. Research shows that receiving even brief advice can improve your chances of successfully quitting. 


Find a trained Pharmacist in your area

Meet with your pharmacist to review your history with tobacco use, as well as your current health, and your objectives with the program. From that discussion, you and your pharmacist will develop a tailored program that fits best with your personal needs and goals.  This list was created in partnership with the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency and is not restricted to PAS pharmacists.

Pharmacist List.pdf

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FAQs for Tobacco Cessation


Consider your personal reasons to quit

List your Top 10 Reasons to Quit and highlights the reason that is most important to you. Keep the list with your tobacco as a reminder of why you are considering quitting.

Tobacco Fact Sheet

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