The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Support for Ontario smokers who want to quit

WHITBY, ON November 04, 2014

For many smokers the cost of nicotine replacement products can be a barrier to quitting. The STOP (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients) program offers eligible participants in Durham Region five weeks of 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.

A STOP workshop will be held in Whitby on Nov. 18.  For more information, to see if you are eligible to participate and to register for the program, call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.

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.

Media inquiries:

The Regional Municipality of Durham:

Glendene Collins – Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2999

If this information is required in an accessible format, please contact the Accessibility Co-ordinator at 1-800-372-1102 extension 2009.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Michael Torres – CAMH Media Relations, 416-595-6015

- 30 -

For more information, please contact Health Department.