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Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (STOP) Program
Feb 27, 2023
***** FOR CURRENT CLIENTS ONLY *****
If you are not a client of CMHA Huron Perth, you can access the program through your family physician or if you don’t have a family physician you can contact your health unit for support.
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.
This program is available to any client of CMHA Huron Perth and others who wish to quit smoking and do not belong to a Family Health Team.