British Columbia
Quitline Profile
Quitline: BC Lung Foundation
Began Operations: February 2005
Standard Hours of Operation
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Closed on:
Open 365 days a year
Telephone Numbers
Phone Number
1 (877) 455-2233
Supported Languages
Counseling offered in: English, French
Third-party counseling: English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, French, Russian, plus more (378 languages)
Deaf/Hard of hearing: TTY relay CA Communication Assistant
Phone Counseling
brief intervention
multi-session (client-initiated)
multi-session (counselor-initiated)
Text Msg to cell phone (two-way)
Text Msg to cell phone (one-way)
Length of standard first session: 30 min
Length of standard follow-up session: 20 min
Counseling session topics:
tobacco history
developing a quit plan
setting a quit date
withdrawal symptoms
relapse prevention
weight gain
use of cessation medication
stress management
Web-Based Services
quitline information
cessation information
self-help tools
automated e-mail messages
interactive counseling
chat rooms
Cessation Medications
Free Medications
nasal spray
Discounted Medications
nasal spray
Distribution Methods
by mail
Other Services
voicemail with callbacks
recorded self-help messages
referral to other health services
mailed info or self-help resources
Additional Info:
For information on cessation medications available to BC residents please visit:
To receive counseling:
All British Columbia residents.
To receive medication:
Tobacco cessation medications are available outside of the quitline. Yearly, BC smokers have access to 12 weeks of free nicotine patch, gum, or lozenge, if they qualify under Pharmacare. They also have access to subsidized Champix or Zyban. Go to a local pharmacist for free nicotine products.
Additional Info:
For more information on cessation medications available to BC residents, please go to:
Specialized Materials
youth, under 18
youth, 18-25
older tobacco users, 55+
smokeless tobacco users
pregnant tobacco users
multiple addictions
racial/ethnic populations
lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender
chronic health conditions
low socioeconomic status or Medicaid
low literacy
mental health disorders including psychiatric conditions
Fax or electronic referral program:  Yes
Person(s) eligible to refer patients:
certified or trained fax referral providers
clinicians or non-clinicians in a healthcare setting
clinicians or non-clinicians in a community-based organization
Available referral methods:
faxed form
e-mail or online
EMR with electronic submission
Tobacco users can be referred if they:
are thinking about quitting
indiciate a readiness to quit within 30 days
are ready to make a quit attempt
are quit and seek help to stay quit
Referred patients contacted within:  Within 48 hours
Other services available to referring providers:
quitline and/or referral brochures
customized referral/consent forms
patient progress reports
customized provider feedback reports
staff training
quitline/referral program newsletter
Referral program contact:
Sheila Matano
BC Lung Foundation
(604) 731-5864
Other information:
Additional Info:
For any questions you may have, please contact QuitNow here:
Smoke-Free Laws
Workplaces: Yes
Bars: Yes
Restaurants Yes
Tobacco Tax Rates
Current cigarette tax rate: $11.57
Effective date: July 1, 2022
Amount of last increase: $0.809
Additional Info:
Current cigarette tax rate: 12%, average pack costs $20
Effective date: July 2022
Amount of last increase: 7% (PST)
For a pack of 20 cigarettes:
o $6.50 - Tobacco Tax
o $2.91 - Excise/Duty
o $0.90 - GST*
o $1.26 - PST*
o $11.57 Total Tax for one pack.
Quitline Engagement (Source: NAQC Annual Survey - 2012)
Number of direct calls to the quitline: 8,500
Number of tobacco users receiving services: 7,824
Number of tobacco users registering for Web-based services: 6,648
Number of tobacco users referred to the quitline: 2,408
Quitline Investment and Impact (Source: NAQC Annual Survey - 2012)
Amount per smoker spent on services and medications: $3.48
Amount per smoker spent on media and promotions: Not available
Promotional reach: 1.50 %
Treatment reach: Not available
NAQC standard quit rate: Not available
Additional Info:
Source: QuitNow BC Program Data, January 2022 – December 2022

NAQC standard quit rate: 32.7% (The most recent evaluation of the Quitline, conducted in 2023, using data for clients enrolled from January 2022 – December 2022)

Number of direct calls to the Quitline: 3,700
Number of tobacco users receiving services: 1,928
Number of tobacco users registering for Web-based services: 4,228
Number of tobacco users referred to the Quitline: 591
Promotional reach (2022): 0.004
NOTE: Additional quitline data is available online at
Context for quitline metrics:
Funder of quitline services: Funded by the British Columbia Ministry of Health and managed through a contract with the British Columbia Lung Foundation.
Operator of counseling services: Sykes
Funding source(s): Provincial Government Federal Government
Profile last updated on November 16, 2022