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Young adults offered free quit smoking medication, delivered to the door

Jun 18, 2014
With almost half of current tobacco users in our area wanting to quit, young adults 18–29 are being offered a free, eight-week supply of nicotine patches or gum through a partnership with Leave the Pack Behind.

SIMCOE-MUSKOKA – With almost half of current tobacco users in our area wanting to quit, young adults 18–29 are being offered a free, eight-week supply of nicotine patches or gum through a partnership with Leave the Pack Behind.

Originally a program for students in post-secondary schools, it is now open to all young adults who are ready to quit this summer. And to keep it easy, participants can get involved online at leavethepackbehind.org. All eligible participants will receive the nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) by mail.

To be eligible for the free products, young adults must meet the following criteria:

  • Resident of Ontario and between 18 and 29 years of age;
  • Not pregnant or breastfeeding;
  • Not diagnosed with any medical condition listed on the product monograph;
  • Smoked cigarettes daily or almost daily for the past 3 months.

Young adult smokers who go online to order nicotine patch or gum will have to complete an online baseline survey, and two subsequent surveys, eight weeks and six months after entering the study.

Along with the nicotine gum or patches, participants also receive other resources to help them in their quit attempt.

While young adults in Ontario have the highest smoking rate among all age groups, at 18 per cent (based on a 2012 Health Canada study), recent data shows quitting before the age of 30 can almost eliminate the risks of dying from a tobacco-related illness. Long-term tobacco use kills one of every two users.

Visit www.leavethepackbehind.org for details.

 

 


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