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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 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 currently available only to patients of participating Ontario organizations.  Please contact your local organization​ for more information.


STOP on the Road Program

The STOP on the Road Program brings smoking cessation workshops to locations across Ontario though partnerships with Public Health Units. ​

Find out where STOP on the Road will be next!

​Please Note: all participants will be screened for eligibility by Public Health Unit staff prior to the workshop.​


​​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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​​​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​.



The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) invites people who regularly use electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) only or alongside smoking tobacco cigarettes to participate in a study looking at differences of nicotine and other substances found in their urine. The study involves attending one scheduled study visits that will take up to two hours of your time. You will be asked questions about your health, tobacco product use, and e-cigarette use, and provide a urine sample. At the end of the study, you will be provided with TTC tokens for transportation to and from the clinic, and receive $30 for your time.

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you are interested participating, please call 416-535-8501 ext 77298​.