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Tobacco

Quitting smoking is the single best thing a person can do to improve their health. If your patient smokes, it is vital that you ask about their smoking status and assist them with quitting by providing them with cessation counselling or referring to other community services. 

At HPEPH, we provide programs and services to help community members quit smoking or reduce their use of tobacco. These include our smoking cessation clinics and distribution of low cost nicotine replacement therapy.

Nicotine Replacement Starter Packs are available at no charge to Health Care Providers in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. A Starter Pack contains: 2 Nicoderm patches and a 15 pack of Nicorette gum. Each pack should provide a patient 2 days of NRT support.

“We Can Quit” Smoking Cessation Clinics:

At our “We Can Quit Smoking Clinics“, participants will receive support and access to low-cost nicotine replacement therapy of patches, gum, and/or lozenges for $5 per product, and/or spray or inhalers for $10 per product (subject to availability). We also distribute Quit Smoking Information Kits free of charge.

If you have a patient who is interested in quitting, we encourage you to complete the online referral form or print and fax the referral form pdf to 613-966-1813, to connect them with Public Health’s smoking cessation team.

The following documents support and align with our Smoking Cessation Clinics:

“We Can Quit” Prenatal/Postnatal Program

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health offers a special smoking cessation program for women who are pregnant or who have a baby (up to 12 months of age) and want to quit smoking or vaping. If you have a pregnant patient or a new mom who interested in quitting, we encourage you to complete the online referral form or print the referral form and fax to Public Health at 613-966-1813.

Through this program, Public Health staff will visit the client in their home, and provide:

  • Free nicotine replacement therapy (patch, gum, lozenges);
  • Free quit kit and resources;
  • Help to make a quit plan; and
  • Support for the new mother/mother to be and their partner.

Other Helpful Resources for Your Patients: 

Need More Information About Tobacco?

For more information about any of these programs, email our Tobacco Talk Line or call us at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 600.

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Appointments for individuals 5+ can be booked through the provincial vaccine booking site, or by calling 1-833-943-3900 from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.  

Due to limited supply, HPEPH will initially be prioritizing available bivalent vaccine for residents and workers at identified highest-risk facilities.  Some HPEPH vaccination clinics MAY offer the bivalent vaccine, as availability allows. Vaccine clinics in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties will continue to offer monovalent vaccines (the same mRNA vaccines given as the primary series) for all eligible individuals until a steady supply of the bivalent vaccine is available.

Visit the HPEPH vaccine booking web page for details.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Symptoms or exposure? Visit www.ontario.ca/exposed for the most up to date information about what to do.

For the most up to date information on current provincial restrictions, visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/public-health-measures.

The Ministry of Health has launched a new toll-free line as an additional resource to help answer questions from the public regarding evolving COVID-19 testing and isolation guidance. The line can be reached at 1-888-777-0730, and is available from 8 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week.