Health and Wellness

Ready to quit smoking?

Western is moving toward a smoke-free environment.  If you are ready to quit smoking, there is no better time than right now.  Western offers some resources to help.

Not your first time trying to quit?  Don’t worry – just keep trying.  Every day you do not smoke is a day when you are taking a step ahead.

Supports for students

Leave the Pack Behind - LTPB is a tobacco control program on campus that offers young adults a range of services including self-help booklets, access to free nicotine patches and gum, and email support.  Visit a display booth on campus for carbon monoxide testing, self-help programs, peer led services, and information about quit aides and clinical interventions available. Leave The Pack Behind quitting programs have been proven to be very effective!

If you are interested in receiving FREE nicotine replacement therapy, please visit Student Health Services (specific conditions apply).

LTPB also hosts the annual contest “Wouldurather” open to all young adults in Ontario. By entering this contest, you have the chance of winning $2500 by quitting smoking or staying smoke-free!  For more information visit

Smokers’ Helpline – Some of the best resources available are here - an online quit program, free help by phone and text messaging, and self-help workbooks.  You can visit their website or phone 1-877-513-5333.

Crush the Crave – an app developed especially to help young adults quite smoking to help you quit.  Visit the Crush the Crave website or download the app.

Supports for Staff and Faculty Members

Extended Health plan from Manulife - Smoking cessation aids make it easier than ever to quit smoking, and a number of choices are available.  Your family physician can offer advice and the Western Extended Health Plan provides coverage to cover the cost of smoking cessation aids.  The coverage is for aids prescribed by a medical doctor and dispensed by a pharmacist, and must have a valid Drug Identification Number (DIN) or have been assigned a Natural Product Number (NPN) licensed by Health Canada – such as transdermal patches and nicotine gum.  Eligible expenses are subject to a lifetime maximum of $500 per person.

Check your benefit book by going to "Your Benefits".  Select your employee group and look for the "Your Benefit Booklet" link.

The Manulife Plan Member website (you will need to register to access) also offers a number of Health eLinks, including information on smoking cessation.

Employee Assistance Plan - FSEAP - FSEAP, Western's provider of an Employee Assistance Plan offers a number of supports and referrals for those wishing to quit smoking.

Clients are offered access to Life Coaching services for personalized guidance to support this important life change.  Information is provided about treatment options for nicotine dependency and tips or suggestions to help "quitters" stay on track.

Clients are also referred to telephone support lines already available through public and community service providers.

Smokers’ Helpline – Some of the best resources available are here - an online quit program, free help by phone and text messaging, and self-help workbooks.