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, a practical support for alleviation of nicotine withdrawal symptoms, which has been shown to be effective to help people quit smoking.
Those interested in participating in the STOP program may do so by attending a STOP workshop, to be held in Stratford on Thursday, March 21 in the evening. To see if you are eligible to participate, and to register for the workshop, call the Perth District Health Unit at 519-271-7600 ext 267 or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 ext 267.
The STOP program is conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as part of its Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy.
In addition to providing NRT, the STOP program will offer educational material to encourage program participants to make broader changes that can improve their overall health. Often smoking does not occur in isolation, but rather accompanies other risk factors for disease, such as poor nutrition and lack of physical activity.