The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Support for Ontario smokers who wish to quit smoking

WHITBY, ON January 2, 2014 - Smokers from across Ontario have the opportunity to enroll in the STOP (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients) program and receive nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) free of charge to help them in their attempt to quit smoking.

For many smokers the cost of nicotine replacement products can be a barrier to quitting. The STOP program provides five weeks of free NRT. NRT is a practical support for the alleviation of nicotine withdrawal symptoms which has been shown to be effective in helping people quit smoking.

Individuals interested in participating in the STOP program may do so by attending a STOP workshop in Whitby on Jan. 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. To find out if you are eligible to participate and to register for the workshop call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.

The STOP Program is conducted 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 the province's Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy.

In addition to providing NRT, the STOP Program offers educational material to encourage program participants to make broader changes that can improve their overall health. Often smoking does not occur in isolation, but can accompany other risk factors for disease such as, poor nutrition and lack of physical activity.

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:
Alicia Cowan - Health Department 905-668-7711, ext. 2952

Michael Torres - CAMH Media Relations 416-595-6015