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The STOP Program

Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (STOP) Program:

The STOP Program is a province-wide initiative that delivers smoking cessation treatment and counseling support to eligible Ontario smokers who wish to quit smoking. Our approach is to use the existing healthcare infrastructure as well as new and innovative means to reach smokers from all parts of the province. The program includes a robust research component that evaluates the effectiveness of these various methods of delivering smoking cessation treatment support to smokers across Ontario. 

Since its inception in 2005, the STOP Program has provided free smoking cessation medication and counselling support to over 100,000 Ontarians who wanted to quit smoking.

Well-validated research studies have shown that using medications such as Zyban® (bupropion), Champix® (varenicline), and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) patch, gum, lozenge, and inhaler can double the chances of quitting smoking. In addition to reaching smokers directly, the STOP Program works in partnerships with community and regional healthcare organizations to make smoking cessation medication and behavioural support available free of charge to patients and clients of these organizations.




Participate in the STOP Program


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You can participate in the STOP on the Road program, which holds group smoking cessation workshops in various communities across Ontario. Eligible individuals will attend a workshop and receive Nicotine Replacement Therapy at no cost. This program is delivered in partnership with local and regional healthcare providers such as the Public Health Units. 




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If you are a patient at an Ontario Family Health Team (FHT), Community Health Centre (CHC), or Addictions Agency, you can enroll in the STOP with FHTs or STOP with CHCs or STOP with Addictions program and receive ongoing smoking cessation treatment, including Nicotine Replacement Therapy and counselling support, at no cost.





Read the latest edition of the Nicotine Dependence Service Newsletter published by the STOP Program and its sister projects. 



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