STOP Program: Support for Ontario smokers who wish to quit

Whitby, Ontario – For many smokers, the cost of nicotine replacement products can be a barrier to quitting. The STOP (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients) Program workshop offers eligible participants in Durham Region five weeks of cost-free nicotine replacement therapy and smoking cessation information to help them in their quit attempt.

Nicotine replacement therapy has been shown to effectively help people quit smoking by easing withdrawal symptoms. Workshop participants also receive educational material with quit smoking and relapse prevention strategies, along with information to address other unhealthy lifestyle factors that are known to accompany smoking.

STOP workshops will be held in Bowmanville on Oct. 18, 2018 and in Cannington on Oct. 24, 2018. For more information about the program, and to see if you are eligible to participate and to register for a workshop, call Durham Health Connection Line at 1-800-841-2729 or 905-666-6241.

The STOP Program is led by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as part of its Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy. CAMH is Canada’s leading addiction and mental health teaching hospital. Integrating clinical care, scientific research, education, policy development and health promotion, CAMH transforms the lives of people impacted by mental health and addiction issues.

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