Want help quitting smoking?

Published 05, Apr, 2013

Bob Leahy reports the City of Toronto, in conjunction with CAMH, offers free nicotine replacement therapy (the patch) and support for people who want to quit the habit.

Want help quitting smoking?

Most people want to quit but do not know where to start. Toronto Public Health wants to support you to make a quit attempt because with support, smokers are 2 - 4 times more likely to be successful. Without support most people will give up.”

So says the website of The City of Toronto’s STOP ( Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients) Study for nicotine replacement therapy. It’s a free program, part of a joint research study with CAMH.

The STOP (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients) Study is a treatment study using nicotine replacement therapy (i.e. nicotine patch) to help people quit smoking. Eligible participants receive five weeks of free NRT patch to support them in a quit smoking attempt, this saving them approximately $175, the total retail price of five weeks of NRT.

The support component includes attending a three-hour workshop that includes effective quitting strategies, information on how to avoid relapses, avoiding behavioural triggers and an assessment of what dosage patch is appropriate for initial use, based on your past smoking history. The Smokers Helpline is also available for support and coaching. Participants are followed up at the end of the five week period and then again at six months, to assess the effectiveness of this type oif intervention.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT ) provides nicotine your body craves, but in a safer form. All tobacco products contain carcinogens (things that cause cancer) but NRT does not. NRT is normally available over-the-counter and is best used with supportive counselling

To find out more and to see if you qualify, call Shannon 416-397-4883 or Xavier 416-338-2672, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Screening takes less than 5 minutes to complete.  

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PositiveLite.com is currently working with the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) to examine the issue of smoking rates in people living with HIV and how we can all help each other reduce them, within a health and wellness framework. The Smoking Project is currently in the community consultation stage. Watch for more details shortly.