Being smoke free

Being smoke-free decreases your risk of stroke.

Being smoke-free decreases your risk of stroke. If you smoke, talk with your health care team about how to quit.


  • increases your risk for developing blood clots and causing damage to your blood vessels
  • increases your risk of heart disease, chronic lung disease and cancer
  • is the most preventable cause of disease and death in Canada

Tips to Quit Smoking

  • List your reasons for quitting.
  • Set a ‘quit date’ and mark it on your calendar.
  • Tell your family and friends about your plan to quit. Ask for their help and support.
  • Ask your doctor about counselling, nicotine replacement and medications that can help you quit.
  • If you slip up, don’t give up. Keep trying until you can quit for good.

Being smoke-free will benefit your health and the health of everyone around you.

Use a chart like the one found here to keep track of your smoking

Quit Date is:                                                  
Date DD/MM/YYNumber of cigarettes per dayAm I on target?

Having read the information in this section, consider the following:

  • Do I know why smoking increases my risk of stroke?
  • Am I ready to quit smoking?
  • Do I know where to find help to stop smoking?
  • Do I know where to find support to continue to be smoke-free?

Where to get more information, help and support:

Canadian Cancer Society – Smokers’ Helpline

Centre for Addictions and Mental Health – Nicotine Dependence Clinic

Health Canada – Quit4Life

Toronto Central Healthline