Weedless Wednesday announcement will make nicotine replacement therapy available to more Ontarians who want to quit smoking
On behalf of the Ontario government, Matthews announced that over the next three years the province will work with CAMH to help nearly 23,000 smokers who are undergoing addictions treatment for other substances. Research has shown that people in Ontario who are receiving treatment for substance use dependencies are more likely to die from tobacco-related disease than from all other causes combined.
"We've made tremendous strides in helping Ontarians kick the habit, but too many people are still dying from preventable diseases caused by smoking,” said Matthews. “People dealing with addictions are more likely to smoke, which is why it makes sense to extend the combination of nicotine replacement therapy and counseling to those already receiving addiction services, a move that will help save lives and keep Ontario healthy."
Smokers in addiction treatment will get more help to quit through:
- a five-week treatment of over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies and counseling
- follow-up counselling at key milestones to help quit for good
- advice and assistance every time they see a counselor
- free support through the Smokers' Helpline.
Training will also be available for addiction service providers to help them better support their clients as they quit smoking.
"Evidence shows that nicotine replacement therapy combined with counseling can double the success rates for smokers who want to quit,” said Dr. Peter Selby, CAMH Clinical Director of Addiction Programs. “CAMH supports this provincial initiative and is grateful for the opportunity to play a key role in making it happen."
Raymond Corless, a client of CAMH’s Nicotine Dependence Clinic, attended the announcement to tell the story of his cigarette addiction.
The announcement is part of the province’s Smoke Free Ontario strategy.