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STOP workshops offer cost-free nicotine replacement therapy

Monday, February 03, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

ALGOMA PUBLIC HEALTH

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

STOP workshop(s) will be held in Sault Ste. Marie on February 19, 2014 as well as in Blind River on February 21, 2014. For more information, to see if you are eligible to participate, and to register for a workshop call Algoma Public Health at 705-942-4646 x 3058 in Sault Ste. Marie or 1-888-356-2551 in Blind River . 

The STOP Program is led by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and is funded by the OntarioMinistry 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.

Background: The STOP Program

Introduced in 2005 through a partnership between the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the former Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport, the STOP Program has already provided smoking cessation medication, free of charge, along with behavioural support to an unprecedented 90,000 Ontarians.

Questionnaires administered pre- and post-treatment will help STOP Program researchers learn more about the long-term impact of providing nicotine replacement therapy and other smoking cessation aids free of charge to smokers across Ontario. To date, results for STOP participants have shown an improvement of at least two times the typical quit rates.

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funstuff2010 2/4/2014 8:18:12 PM Report

this therapy worked for me and my husband it is now two years
Gurpy 2/5/2014 8:52:22 AM Report

I think those who qualify should be allowed longer than the time specified. Sometimes the cravings return years later. The over the counter products are very expensive and not everyone can afford them. Why aren`t they covered under drug programs?
Uptown Girl 2/5/2014 10:46:47 AM Report

@Gurpy

People should by now be aware of the dangers and how addicting smoking is.
Gurpy 2/6/2014 1:19:41 PM Report

Uptown girl
You are right! People should know better but that doesn`t seem to stop them. Smoking is a powerful addiction! I`ve been smoke free for 10yrs. I now wonder how I ever had anything to do with that filthy habit! I am so glad it is gone!
Gurpy 2/9/2014 6:48:24 AM Report

Why isn`t smoking completely banned from all indoor & outdoor places including rentals? Drinking under the influence is punishable by law. Smoking isn`t much different! It causes serious injury and it kills! Plus, it REALLY stinks! Why aren`t the children of smokers removed by CAS? Isn`t exposing children to second hand smoke abuse? Smoking should be made ILLEGAL period! Non smokers should have the right to have a smoker charged and fined when their FILTHY & DISGUSTING habit is infringed upon them! Rid the city bus terminal of smoking anywhere on the property! Doesn`t matter where they smoke everyone else is still FORCED to breathe it in! Wake up city of Sault Ste. Marie!! Smokers are not concerned with anyone`s lungs! Not even their own or that of their children! Ban smoking and make this city completely SMOKE FREE!
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