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About Talk Tobacco

People who smoke are about 20 times more likely to develop lung cancer than people who don’t smoke.

Talk Tobacco is designed to meet the need for culturally relevant, accessible and targeted tobacco and vaping cessation services for First Nation, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous communities. It was first initiated by the Joint Ontario Indigenous Cancer Committee (JOICC) from the Indigenous Cancer Care Unit (ICCU). Indigenous Health Authorities (IHA) and leaders from urban Indigenous, First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities from participating provinces provided guidance and knowledge to inform the program design.

While traditional or ceremonial tobacco plays a significant and positive role in many Indigenous cultures, commercial tobacco and vaping use has serious health impacts. Smoking rates among Canada’s Indigenous populations are, on average, twice as high as those of non-Indigenous Canadians.

Talk Tobacco provides free and confidential services offering culturally tailored support and information about quitting smoking or vaping designed with input and guidance from First Nation, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous leaders, partners, community members and health care providers.

Cessation services by phone, online chat, and text are free and confidential. Talk Tobacco is there for you to provide support especially if you do not have easy access to services to support you in your community. 

Talk Tobacco welcomes further engagement from the Indigenous communities as we aim to expand our services across Canada.

Contact us If you are interested in connecting with our Team, have any questions or want to provide your input and feedback on this website and any of our Talk Tobacco services.



8am-9pm Monday to Thursday

8am-6pm Friday

9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday

How can I contact Talk Tobacco's Indigenous Quit Smoking and Vaping support?
For help and information on quitting smoking, and vaping and commercial tobacco use:

1 833 998-8255 (TALK)

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We respectfully acknowledge the contributions and commitment of the iA Financial Group for their support of Talk Tobacco.