Stop Smoking Services
Stop smoking, tobacco cessation and nicotine addiction services are available throughout Nova Scotia for individuals who want to cut back or stop their tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, vape, chew, etc.) use. Most participants will attend group counselling sessions that bring participants together in a supportive environment. In these sessions, participants explore topics related to making changes to tobacco use, including:
  • understanding and developing coping strategies to manage triggers 
  • cravings and urges to use tobacco
  • making changes to patterns of behaviour 
  • building supports and identifying self-care strategies
  • managing stress without tobacco use
  • developing and discussing strategies to prevent relapse

During group sessions, participants are given opportunities to share concerns, successes, ask questions and support each other. The treatment will focus on the promotion of healthy changes with physical self and the way a person thinks about tobacco.

In addition, funding/support for nicotine replacement therapy and other quit smoking aids is available. The type and amount varies by program.

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Location, hours and contact information

Note: Group offerings are subject to change and availability. For the most up-to-date and accurate information, please contact the number from your region listed below.  
Halifax Regional Municipality, Eastern Shore and West Hants areas
Sessions are offered in various locations at various times throughout Halifax, Dartmouth, Sackville, Cole Harbour, Spryfield, Windsor, and Sheet Harbour. To learn about the session nearest you, please call the intake team at 902-424-8866 or toll-free: 1-866-340-6700
Annapolis Valley, South West and South Shore areas
Sessions are offered in Wolfville, Kentville, Berwick, Middleton, Annapolis Royal, Chester, Lunenburg, Bridgewater, Liverpool, Yarmouth, Shelburne and Digby. To learn about the session nearest you, please call:
  • Annapolis Valley: 902-365-1715 or 1-855-273-7110
  • South Shore: 902-543-5400 or toll-free: 1-877-334-3431
  • Yarmouth, Shelburne & Digby: 902-742-4222 or toll-free: 1-844-380-4324
Colchester, Cumberland, Pictou County and East Hants areas 
Sessions are offered in various locations at various times throughout  Truro, New Glasgow, Elmsdale, and Amherst. To learn about the session nearest you, please call:
  • Colchester & East Hants counties: 902-893-5526 ext. 42297
  • Cumberland county: 902-667-3879
  • Pictou county: 902-755-1288
Cape Breton,  Antigonish, Guysborough and Strait areas 
Sessions are offered in various locations at various time throughout Guysborough, Antigonish & Strait areas, and Cape Breton area. To learn about the session nearest you, please call:
  • Guysborough, Antigonish and Strait Area: (902) 625-8819 or toll-free 1-888-291-3535
  • Cape Breton Area: (902) 563-8646 or toll-free: 1-877-567-0632 

How do I access this program? 

To enroll in your area’s stop smoking program, please use the phone numbers above for your respective region.

Where can I get more information about quitting tobacco in Nova Scotia?

If you would like to talk with a quit smoking specialist call 8-1-1 or you can chat securely online. To chat online, you must register on the Tobacco Free website and then click the "Chat with a Counselor" button.  
If you are interested in enrolling in Nova Scotia’s stop smoking motivational messaging program, text SMOKEFREE (all one word) to 1-902-700-7700.
The Canadian Cancer Society, Health Canada and Lung Association also provide additional information, support and programs to help quit tobacco use.