BC Smoking Cessation Program

As of January 1st 2016, British Columbians can sign up for the BC Smoking Cessation Program at their local pharmacy. You no longer need to call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 for this service. To register for free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products or to get refills as of January 1st 2016, please visit your local pharmacy.

HealthLink BC can still provide you with health related information about the BC Smoking Cessation Program or help you find your local pharmacy. To find a pharmacy now, call 8-1-1 or search our FIND Services and Resources Directory.

The BC Smoking Cessation Program helps people stop smoking or using other tobacco products by assisting them with the cost of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products or smoking cessation prescription drugs. The program is open to eligible B.C. residents who wish to stop smoking or using other tobacco products.

NRT products, such as nicotine gum or patches, work to reduce withdrawal symptoms when you quit smoking by substituting the nicotine you would get through smoking. With NRT products, you can gradually cut down the amount of nicotine and handle withdrawal symptoms more easily. To register for NRT products under the BC Smoking Cessation program, visit your pharmacy. To find a pharmacy near you, call 8-1-1 or search our FIND Services and Resources Directory.

Prescription smoking cessation drugs do not contain nicotine but work on the brain to manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings and reduce your urge to smoke. For more information about prescription smoking cessation drugs or to get a prescription, speak to your health care provider.

For more information about the program, visit BC Smoking Cessation Program.

Last Reviewed: December 2015

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