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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 bit.]


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