For many smokers the cost of nicotine replacement products can be a barrier to quitting
smoking. Yet using nicotine replacement products has been shown to at least double
one's chances of quitting! Now two different programs are available to assist smokers
with free nicotine patches to get you on the road to quitting and staying smoke-free.
The STOP (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients) workshop will provide eligible
participants in St. Thomas and Elgin County with five weeks of cost-free nicotine
replacement therapy (i.e. patches) and smoking cessation information to help with
their quit attempt. Workshop participants will 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. If you are
18 years of age or older, are not pregnant and are ready to quit within the next
30 days, you may be eligible to participate! The next STOP workshop will be held
in St. Thomas, Ontario on June 25th 2014. Pre-screening and registration is required.
For more information, to see if you are eligible to participate and to register
for the workshop, call Elgin St. Thomas Public Health at 519-631-9900.
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.
In addition to the upcoming STOP workshop, 8 weeks of free nicotine patches and
gum are available online for young adults age 18-29 through LeavethePackBehind.org.
If you are a young adult in this age range and want to quit smoking, check out this
website to see how you can order free nicotine patches and gum to be sent right
to your home! Product only available while supplies last. Don't delay! Start your
summer on the right track towards smoke-free living.
For more information about STOP contact Michael Torres, CAMH Media Relations, at
(416) 595-6015 or Jessica Lang, Health Promoter at Elgin St. Thomas Public Health,
at 519-631-9900 ext. 1304.
[Editor's Note: The program works. My husband and I used it to quit smoking in 2011,
after 40 to 50 years of smoking up to 4 packs a day. We don't miss the smoking a