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Validated research shows that using Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) such as the patch, gum and inhaler, and cessation medication such as Zyban® (bupropion), Champix® (varenicline) can double a person’s chances of quitting smoking.

The STOP Study aims to identify the best way to distribute NRT and medications to smokers across Ontario who want to quit. Our findings can then be used to create government-sponsored programs for providing NRT to any smoker in Ontario interested in quitting.

The STOP Study is funded by the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport as part of Smoke-Free Ontario.

 STOP Study Status and Outcomes

The STOP study has provided Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) or cessation medication primarily through participating Public Health Units, Tertiary Care hospitals, Community Health Centers, Aboriginal Health Access Centers, community pharmacies and travelling workshops. Since its inception in 2005 more than 60,000 smokers have enrolled in the study and received free products in combination with various degrees of counseling. The participants provided demographic and smoking-related information to help the study investigators/researchers address the research questions.