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Tobacco Cessation Support After a Cancer Diagnosis

This clinic, program or service is not administered by Nova Scotia Health. Information may be out of date. Please confirm details with the clinic, program, or service provider.

Helping patients to stop smoking is part of our commitment to quality cancer care.  Evidence shows that stopping tobacco use at the time of a cancer diagnosis improves the effectiveness of cancer treatment and survival.

It's Never Too Late To Stop Using Tobacco....even after a cancer diagnosis.


This service is offered on the phone, through text or in a secure online chat.

How do I access this service?

You or your Cancer Care Team can fax a referral directly to Tobacco-Free N.S..  You can self-refer to this program.

What will happen at my first session?

Every new cancer patient will be asked to complete a tobacco use questionnaire. If you smoke, you will be advised to try to stop and offered support to do so. The Cancer Care Program works with Tobacco-Free Nova Scotia to provide supportive, non-judgemental, confidential and free cessation counseling support.

Will there be any follow-up?

Your cancer care team may check in with you at your subsequent appointments to ensure you have the supports you need to be successful in your quit attempt. If your cancer care team has sent a referral to Tobacco-Free Nova Scotia you can expect a call from a cessation counselor within 3 business days.

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