Vancouver Coastal Health Authority Stop Smoking Groups
Out to Quit (for gay men)
Catching our Breath (for lesbians)
Quitting is easier when you do it with friends. Join others in the quest to quit for a ten week program that will help you beat the addiction to nicotine and redesign a cigarette-free lifestyle.

Catching Our Breath
When: Tuesday Evenings 7:00 - 9:00pm, Jan 18 - March 22
Where: North Community Health Centre, 202 - 1651 Commercial Drive (Commercial & 1st Ave). Elevator and stairs on Commercial, opening next to entrance to Il Mercado.

A 10-week program for change for lesbian, bi and trans women who smoke. FREE but Registration is required. Call 604.684.5307 to register. Registrants will be contacted by phone prior to the group beginning.

Presented by Pride Health Services: A Partnership of The Centre, Three Bridges Community Health Centre, AIDS Vancouver, Trans Health.
Sponsored by The Lung Association of British Columbia, this site offers email support and a support forum that might just give you the edge you need to become an ex-smoker. Click on the link for easy access.
Nicotine Anonymous is a non-profit 12-step fellowship of men and women helping each other live nicotine-free lives. Nicotine Anonymous welcomes all those seeking freedom from nicotine addiction, including those using cessation programs and nicotine withdrawal aids. The primary purpose of Nicotine Anonymous is to help all those who would like to cease using tobacco and nicotine products in any form. The fellowship offers group support and recovery using the 12-steps as adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous to achieve abstinence from nicotine.

Downtown Community Health Centre
569 Powel Street
Your doctor or approved therapist must refer you to this clinic for free acupuncture to deal with addictions.

Dr. Aaron Hoo, N.D.
Naturopathic Medicine
1190 Thurlow Street
Try acupuncture, herbal medications and nutritional support as you start to live smoke-free. Support cleansing and lung regeneration with a program specifically designed for new non-smokers. Gay N.D.

Dr. Sunny Lee
606-1160 Burrard Street
Not sure which alternative therapy is right for you? Consider acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicines, and hypnotherapy in a gay-friendly environment that is also experienced with HIV issues.

Finlandia Pharmacy
1964 W. Broadway
Cruise the pharmacy aisles for complementary therapies like herbs, homeopathic remedies, nutritional supplements and natural health products as you wait to fill your prescription for quit-smoking medications.

Garden Health Store
1204 Davie Street
Go natural as you go smoke free. The friendly and knowledgeable staff can show you natural health products that will have you off cigarettes and on with your healthy life.

Three Bridges
Addictions & Acupuncture
1290 Hornby Street
Acupuncture is considered an effective quit-smoking technique. Free service available from Craig and Melissa, Monday to Friday 4:45-6:00. First come, first served. (4:30)

Fion Chou, R.TCM.P
406–2150 W. Broadway
Try Traditional Chinese Medicine that includes acupuncture and herbal therapy to finally quit smoking in a GLBT friendly clinic.

Kimberly Courchaine, CHt
Simple Life Therapy
Quit smoking through hypnotherapy.



How to Quit Smoking in Vancouver
Lists and links to quit smoking groups, quit smoking web sites, organizations and natural health practitioners.

Quit Smoking Kit
Download a PDF of our Quit Smoking Kit, or pick it up at one of our locations in Vancouver for free.

Symptoms and Solutions
What kind of symptoms should you expect when quitting smoking? And how can you deal with them? Here's the latest, research-verified information on both alternative and pharmaceutical methods of overcoming the negatives of nicotine withdrawal.

How To Quit
When it comes to butting out, you don't have to go it alone. There are quit-aids available to suit every personality and preference – from alternative therapies to medical interventions. Which one suits your style?

What happens to your body after you quit smoking?
Sometimes we get overwhelmed when we think we have far to go to reach our goals. But giving up cigarettes has some immediate health benefits too!

Quit Tips
Make it easy on yourself as you learn to live smoke-free.

Did you know...

that smoking doesn't make you sexy? Women who smoke often have decreased vaginal lubrication, while cigarettes damage the circulatory system for men and can lead to sexual dysfunction.


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