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Research for Patients

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We want to know more about what could help people in their quit journey and become healthier. Here are some research projects being lead by the Nicotine Dependence Services:​

Smoking Treatment for Ontario​ Patients (STOP) Program

A province-wide smoking cessation treatment initiative, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, to support eligible people who want to quit cigarettes.

We are part of an Ontario-wide program that is dedicated to supporting you to strive to quit smoking. We offer you counselling support along with nicotine replacement therapy (e.g., patches, gum, inhaler, and lozenge) and prescription medication, if needed.

Please note: The STOP Program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and is currently available only to patients of participating Ontario organizations.  Please contact your local organization​ for more information.


STOP on the Net

The STOP on the Net program is an online initiative of the STOP ​program and is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health. It is ​designed to help adults ​attempt to quit smoking. Participants will be able to receive up to 4 weeks of free NRT products. ​You may be eligible to participate if you:

  • Live in Ontario
  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Meet other specific eligibiity criteria
  • Are not currently enrolled in the STOP program at a participating organization​

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​​​​Stressed about COVID?

Seeking Participants to Test an App Designed to Reduce Stress​​​

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the National Research Council of Canada are testing the Legend of Evexia - App, a mobile app to aid with stress reduction.  Help us evaluate the Legend of Evexia - App. We are seeking participants who:

  • ​​Are experiencing some stress
  • Are 18 years or older 
  • Use a smart phone.

​COMPENSATION PROVIDED.  To learn more about this study, please email us at:


​​NRT to Effect

Individuals who smoke cigarettes are needed to participate in a research study looking at the effectiveness of personalized nicotine patch treatment to help with quitting smoking. Eligible participants (age 18-75, smoking cigarettes daily, planning to quit within next 30 days) will receive 12 weeks of nicotine patch treatment. To participate, contact research staff at 416-535-8501 ext 39570.​​​

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​Brain Imaging Study

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is looking for young adults aged 18 to 25 years who either 1) regularly smoke tobacco cigarettes or 2) regularly use electronic cigarettes (e.g. JUUL, vapes, e-cigs). We are conducting a non-invasive brain imaging study to look at differences in brain activity within these individuals. There is also an eye-tracking component where individuals look at slideshows of pictures. The study involves attending 3 scheduled study visits that will take up to 8 hours (total) of your time. You will be asked questions about your mental and physical health, your smoking/vaping habits, and you will complete learning and memory games. The total study compensation is $200, and you will be reimbursed for TTC ($6.50 or 2 TTC tokens per visit). To participate, contact research staff at 416-535-8501 ext. 77419 or email​

​​​My Change Plan App

This mobile app was developed in collaboration with clients at the Nicotine Dependence Clinic (NDC) to help people quit or reduce their tobacco use and promote healthier lifestyles. The application is now available for both Android  and iOS users and can be dowloaded on Google Play or the Apple Store (from your iOS device).


​​T-DCS and Varenicline 

Individuals who wish to quit their tobacco use between the ages of 19-6​5 who are generally healthy and not using medication are invited to participate. All study participants receive varenicline, a proven treatment in helping people quit tobacco use. Preliminary studies have found that trans-cranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), an application of very low level electric stimulation (less than a flashlight) to the scalp for 20-minutes​, reduces cravings in individuals who were not trying to quit. This study will assess whether tDCS can further improve the effectiveness of varenicline treatment for individuals who want to quit. Participants receive ten 20-minute of tDCS on consecutive weekdays, Monday-Friday, over 2 weeks and then bi-weekly sessions over the next 10 weeks. To participate, contact research staff at 416-535-8501 ext 77297​.

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The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) invites individuals who either 1) regularly smoke tobacco cigarettes or 2) regularly use electronic cigarettes (who are also former cigarette smokers) to participate in a study looking at differences in human behaviour by use of an eye-tracking task.  The study involves attending one scheduled study visit that will take up to two hours of your time. You will be asked questions about your health, as well as tobacco and/or e-cigarette use history. At the end of the study, you will be compensated $30.00 for your time and $6.50 to cover transportation costs to and from the clinic. All private and personal health information that could be used to identify you will remain confidential.

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you are interested participating, please call 416-535-8501 ext 77293.