Quitting Smoking

The right treatment plan can make this the last time you quit smoking. Get medications, if appropriate, to curb cravings and reduce withdrawal symptoms.
Treatments starting at $0/month*
Prescribed by Canadian physicians
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*Maybe covered based on deductible.

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Nicotine dependence is a health condition that causes people to continue using nicotine (smoking, vaping, chewing, etc.) despite negative health consequences. Quitting nicotine can be difficult due to the frequent cravings caused by the body's dependence on nicotine.
COMMON QUESTIONS
What is smoking cessation?

Smoking cessation is another way to say quitting smoking. There are a few different medical options to help you quit.

Which medications can help me quit?

Nicotine-free medicinal options are Bupropion (Zyban®) and Varenicline (Champix®). Nicotine replacement therapies come in the form of patches, gum, and lozenges.

Treatments for 

Quitting Smoking

Clinically approved treatments. Some require a prescription.
Nicotine Patch
Starting at
$0/month*
Nicorette® | Thrive®
Eases your withdrawal symptoms by replacing some of the nicotine your body was absorbing from cigarettes.
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Nicotine Lozenges
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$0/month*
Nicorette® | Thrive®
Helps to reduce cravings and feelings of withdrawal by replacing some of the nicotine you would normally get from smoking.
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Bupropion
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$0/month*
Zyban®
Bupropion helps you quit smoking by making it feel less desirable which improves your chances of quitting.
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Varenicline
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$0/month*
Champix®
It blocks the effects of nicotine and reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms, making it harder to get pleasure from smoking.
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Nicotine Gum
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$0/month*
Nicorette® | Thrive®
Good for occasional smokers to reduce withdrawal symptoms, cravings and manage stress. Helps you reduce the number of cigarettes smoked.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What happens after the 12 week period?

We hope that you have successfully quit smoking or greatly reduced the amount you were previously smoking. If you still require prescription medications you can see your primary care provider or a physician through SpotCare to renew your prescription. Please note, the medications may not be covered by PharmaCare however your private insurance may cover the cost of these medications. If you still require Nicotine Replacement Therapy simply “refill” the medication on your SpotCare medication profile. Please note there may be a charge for this medication following the 12 weeks. If you have third-party insurance you should check with them to see if they provide continued coverage for nicotine replacement therapy. If they do, simply see a SpotCare physician and request a refill.

Which products can I receive with the SpotCare Quit Smoking Program?

Prescription therapy includes Bupropion and Varenicline. Nicotine replacement therapy includes Patch, Gum or Lozenges.

How much do the medications cost?

The government of British Columbia will cover up to 12 weeks of NRT (nicotine replacement therapy) or prescription therapy (Bupropion, or Varenicline) for residents of BC who wish to quit smoking. Prescription therapy coverage is based on your income level and Pharmacare plan. NRT is fully covered up to 12 weeks every calendar year. Your medication will be delivered to your front door free of charge.

How does it work?

It starts with an online evaluation. You'll be asked a few questions regarding your nicotine consumption as well as your overall health. After that, you can choose between a nicotine-free or nicotine-containing product as appropriate. You will be prompted to book a telemedicine consultation with a SpotCare doctor if you pick a nicotine-free product (prescription medication). Based on your medical history and preferences, the physician will make a personalized recommendation. If you choose nicotine-containing products, your SpotCare pharmacy will contact you. Once your prescription has been received by the pharmacy or the pharmacy confirms your nicotine product, they will process your order. Once processed, the pharmacy will deliver your medication to your front door. Everything you need to quit is provided by SpotCare.

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