The STOP Program provides five weeks of free nicotine patches (nicotine replacement therapy), a practical support for alleviation of nicotine withdrawal symptoms, which has been shown to be effective to help people quit smoking. In addition to providing nicotine patches, the STOP Program offers educational material to encourage participants to make broader changes that can improve overall health.
Are you eligible to participate?
To see if you are eligible to participate and to register for a STOP session call the Tobacco Hotline at 905-540-5566 ext. 1. Space in these sessions is limited; please register early to avoid disappointment.
Upcoming STOP sessions
- February 9, 2017 at 10 am and 2:30 pm (Arabic)
- March 9, 2017 at 10 am and 1:30 pm
- April 20, 2017 at 10 am and 1:30 pm
- May 18, 2017 at 10 am and 1:30 pm
- June 15, 2017 at 10 am and 1:30 pm
Background: The STOP Program
Introduced in 2005 through a partnership between the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the STOP Program has provided nicotine replacement therapy including nicotine gum and patches, as well as bupropion and varenicline, free-of-charge, in combination with counselling support to an unprecedented 100,000 people from across Ontario. Baseline questionnaires and follow-up surveys, spaced over six months post treatment will help the STOP Program researchers learn more about the long-term impact of providing nicotine replacement therapy and other smoking cessation aids free-of-charge to smokers across Ontario.
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