January 15, 2008
Media Release

Make 2008 the year you quit smoking

York Region advises Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) doubles the chances of success
NEWMARKET – A popular New Year’s resolution smokers make is to quit smoking.  The Regional Municipality of York public health branch advises there are many quit smoking strategies and tools available, including Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).  Studies have shown that NRT can double the chances of a successful quit attempt.
Cigarettes and other tobacco products contain over 4,000 harmful chemicals that are inhaled into a smoker’s body with every puff.  Nicotine is one of these harmful substances and is highly addictive, sometimes making it difficult for people to quit smoking.
NRT helps by providing enough nicotine to reduce withdrawal symptoms without inhaling other harmful chemicals.  NRT is available in a gum and lozenge form or as a patch or inhaler.
A 10-week supply of NRT, with a retail value of $300, is available at no cost to eligible smokers as part of a major research study being conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
The Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (STOP) study is researching the effectiveness of providing NRT to Ontario smokers who want to quit.  The STOP study combines helpful information and resources with free NRT and periodic progress monitoring.
The STOP study is offered to Ontarians in the following ways:
• A pharmacy program offers the STOP service which can be accessed on-line at www.stopstudy.ca
• CAMH offers a STOP on the Road program which travels to local communities
The STOP on the Road program will visit the Town of Richmond Hill on Monday, January 28th from
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
For more information and to see if you are eligible to participate, please call York Region Community and Health Services at 905 830-4444, ext. 3052.  Space is limited.
For more information about the STOP study, please call 416 260-4158 or visit www.stopstudy.ca
For more information on this or any other health-related topic, please contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653.
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York and our services, please visit www.york.ca
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 4016 or After-hours Cell: 905 716-2717
 Email:  Jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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