Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients

Hamilton Public Health Services hosts STOP (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients) sessions to help people quit smoking.

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
  • 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. Register early to avoid disappointment.

Upcoming STOP sessions


  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018
    Times: 10 am & 1:30 pm
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018
    Times: 10 am & 1:30 pm
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018
    Times: 10 am & 1:30 pm
  • Thursday, June 14, 2018
    Times: 10 am & 1:30 pm
  • Thursday, July 19, 2018
    Times: 10 am & 1:30 pm
  • Thursday, August 23, 2018
    Time: 10 am
  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    Times: 10 am & 1:30 pm
  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
    Times: 10 am & 1:30 pm
  • Thursday, November 15, 2018
    Times: 10 am & 1:30 pm
  • Thursday, December 20, 2018
    Times: 10 am & 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.