B.C. Smoking Cessation Program
The B.C. Smoking Cessation Program helps people stop smoking or using other tobacco products by assisting them with the cost of smoking cessation aids. The program is open to B.C. residents who wish to stop smoking or using other tobacco products.
About the Program
- The B.C. Smoking Cessation Program began on September 30, 2011.
- You can take part in the program any time. There is no planned end date to the program.
- The program covers 2 prescription smoking cessation drugs (bupropion – brand name Zyban® and varenicline – brand name Champix®) under the PharmaCare program. You should schedule an appointment to see your doctor to discuss whether a prescription drug is the best choice for you. You do not need to register through HealthLink BC at 8‑1‑1 for the prescription drugs.
- Or, the program also provides 100% coverage for some Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT). Coverage includes 2 strengths of Thrive™ NRT gum and 3 strengths of Habitrol® NRT patches. You can register for NRT coverage through HealthLink BC. See below for information on how to register for NRT.
- You may want to talk to your pharmacist or doctor first before deciding whether you should use NRT products. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have any chronic medical conditions, were recently in the hospital, or take any regular medications, please check with your pharmacist or doctor before registering for NRT coverage.
- To learn more about the program and how you can take part, visit the PharmaCare website at www.health.gov.bc.ca/pharmacare/stop-smoking/.
How to Register for NRT
- To register by phone, please contact HealthLinkBC by calling 8-1-1. A health service representative will provide you with further information about the program, help you to find out if you are eligible and guide you through the NRT registration process.
- You are encouraged to browse QuitNow.ca’s resources to help you plan before you get your smoking cessation products. To increase your chances of success, first work out a plan, and then decide on a quit date. When you are ready, the program will be there for you.
Additional information about quitting smoking can also be found in the HealthLink BC File #30e Quitting Smoking.