About the STOP Program

The Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (STOP) Program, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, is a province-wide initiative, delivering smoking cessation treatment and counselling support to people who want to reduce/quit their tobacco use. These supports are available free of charge, through partnerships with community health care organizations.

The STOP Program has two main goals:

(1)   Increase access to smoking cessation aids for people who wish to quit smoking cigarettes.

(2)   Enhance the capacity of health care settings to provide comprehensive smoking cessation treatment.


In order to support evidence based health care policies and programs, the STOP Program evaluates various ways to link people with smoking cessation aids.

You can review our past publications here:​STOP Publications.pdf


STOP is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and is part of the Smoke-Free Ontario strategy.​​​​


STOP has examined a broad range of cessation treatments, including NRT, prescription medications such as bupropion (Zyban®) and varenicline (Champix®), and counselling support.​​

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The STOP Program is operated by smoking cessation specialists at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario. The team is led by Dr. Peter Selby, a physician and researcher at CAMH.

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The STOP Program provides NRT in combination with counselling support. Research has shown that this combined approach can double the chances of success for those who are trying to quit smoking. ​

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STOP partners with different organizations to support people who want to quit smoking.​​

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