If you’re making a commitment to a fresh start free of cigarette smoke, now may be the ideal time, with the Guelph Family Health Team by your side. The largest team of physicians in Guelph is collaborating on a cost-free smoking cessation program covering the education and medications needed to get you into a healthier smoke-free future with support from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the provincial Ministry of Health Promotion.
A partial-day session Jan. 14 is open to between 25 and 50 people committed to quit smoking in the weeks ahead. The location of the event is only being revealed to registered participants.
‘If one person benefits from it, then it’s successful … it’s one person who has quit,” health promoter Michaela Devries-Aboud of the local family health team said Monday.
“We’re definitely looking for participants.”
Those in the STOP—Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients—program will receive a short overview of smoking during the session, as well as a five-week supply of nicotine replacement supports, ranging from nicotine gum to a patch, inhaler or lozenges. At the end, results are to be assessed, making STOP not only of benefit to participating people, but of future help to others struggling with cigarette addiction through the insights gained, Devries-About said.
Health care professionals, for example, want to know what works best to help smokers shake the habit.
There are qualifying criteria: participants must be 18 years old or older, can’t be pregnant, must be daily smokers and have a desire to quit. Further details on requirements are available through registration aide Sarah Micks at 519-840-1962, ext. 351.
STOP may sound familiar to Guelphites. Devries-Aboud said sessions have been held in the past by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health and the Guelph Community Health Centre.
She endorses such efforts because cigarette smoking compromises a person’s health and isn’t easy to beat.
“People need support to quit,” Devries-Aboud said.
But quitting can be expensive for those wanting the help of nicotine replacement therapy. The program recognizes the financial hurdle, so is offering to pay those costs, she noted.