Ontario Pharmacists' Association and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health announce new phase of the STOP Study - offering 5,000 Ontarians free medication to quit smoking

    TORONTO, April 5 /CNW/ - The Ontario Pharmacists' Association (OPA), the
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Ministry of Health
Promotion today announced they will begin the pharmacy phase of the highly
successful Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (STOP) Study. Up to 5,000
Ontarians will now be able to receive five weeks of free nicotine replacement
therapy (NRT) from their local participating pharmacy.
    Today at an event held at the OPA offices in Toronto, it was announced
that 55 pharmacists in 43 locations province-wide are confirmed to participate
in this phase of the STOP Study. "Pharmacists are the most accessible members
of a health care team, so Ontarians will now be able to access free NRT close
to home," said Sherrie Hertz, Director of Pharmacy Programs, OPA. "The
negative health effects of smoking are preventable and as front-line health
care providers, we hope to help lower the estimated 16,000 tobacco-related
deaths that occur in Ontario each year."
    The first phase of the STOP Study was introduced in January 2006 and was
the first of its kind in Canada. With the help of NRT, at least 12 per cent of
participants - or 1,600 Ontarians - were able to quit smoking. "The results
from the mass distribution phase were outstanding," said Dr. Peter Selby,
Clinical Director of Addiction Programs, CAMH and Principal Investigator of
the STOP Study. "The pharmacy phase will give more people access to both NRT
and pharmacists' professional services, which will contribute to the increase
in quit rates."
    The Ministry of Health Promotion has made finding effective smoking
cessation strategies a priority and the ministry's support for this new phase
shows the government's on-going commitment to the health of Ontarians.
    "Helping smokers quit is an essential part of the McGuinty government's
Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy," said Minister of Health Promotion Jim Watson.
"The success of the first phase of the STOP Study was a great accomplishment
and we are proud to work with exceptional partners like CAMH and the OPA to
help even more people across Ontario."

    The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is one of the leading
addiction and mental health organizations in the world and Canada's largest
mental health and addiction teaching hospital. CAMH is a Pan American Health
Organization and World Health Organization Collaborating Centre, and is fully
affiliated with the University of Toronto. CAMH combines clinical care,
research, policy, education and health promotion to transform the lives of
people impacted by mental health and addiction issues.

    The Ontario Pharmacists' Association is the professional advocacy
association representing the views and interests of over 10,000 practicing
pharmacists and pharmacists-in-training, in Canada's largest province.

    The Ministry of Health Promotion was established in June 2005 to improve
and deliver programs that contribute to healthy living and wellness in this
province. Key priorities include Ontario's smoke-free strategy, healthy
eating, active living, sport and recreation, injury prevention and mental
health promotion.

    Pharmacists Participating in the Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients
    (STOP) Study

    To date, 55 pharmacies from across Ontario have agreed to participate in
this phase of the STOP Study. The participating pharmacists below are also
listed on the STOP Study website at www.stopstudy.ca.
    If you are a pharmacist or know of a pharmacist/pharmacy in your area who
may be interested in becoming involved with the study, please contact the
Research Coordinator, Mary-Jean Costello, to find out more about
participating. Phone: 416-535-8501 ext. 6330 or Email:

    Kennedy Road Pharmacy                  Torrance Compounding Pharmacy
    2 Antrim Cr.                           2650 Lawrence Ave. E. Unit 3
    Scarborough                            Scarborough
    M1P 2N3                                M1P 2S1
    (416) 298-2222                         (416) 289-6680
    Participating Pharmacist:              Participating Pharmacist:
    Bill Liu                               Sandra Chee-Kwan

    The Village Pharmacy
    473 Church St.
    M4Y 2C5
    Participating Pharmacist:
    Zahid Somani
    Central East
    Angus Borden Guardian Drugs            ADV-Care Pharmacy
    17 King St. No. 6                      11-70 Esna Park Dr.
    Angus                                  Markham
    L0M 1B2                                L3R 6E7
    (705) 424-5931                         (905) 948-1991
    Participating Pharmacist:              Participating Pharmacist:
    Micheal Boivin                         Mona Bannis
    Participating Pharmacist:
    Ward Charlebois                        Clinic Pharmacy
                                           117 King St. E.
    Shoppers Drug Mart No. 911             Oshawa
    2379 Highway No. 2                     K1H 1B9
    Bowmanville                            (905) 576-9090
    L1C 5A4                                Participating Pharmacist:
    (905) 697-8595                         Heide Kraus
    Participating Pharmacist:
    Leanne Travis                          Prescription Pharmacy
    Participating Pharmacist:              11 Gibb Street
    Minti Patel                            Oshawa
                                           L1H 2J9
    Shoppers Drug Mart                     (905) 432-2610
    248 Manitoba St.                       Participating Pharmacist:
    Bracebridge                            Willa Navarro
    P1L 2E1
    (705) 645-5234                         Dominion Pharmacy No. 526
    Participating Pharmacist:              1070 Major Mackenzie Dr. E.
    Phu Lam                                Richmond Hill
                                           L4S 1P3
    Axis Village Court Pharmacy            (905) 884-3400
    49 Maple Ave.                          Participating Pharmacist:
    Haliburton                             Sabrina Lam
    K0M 1S0                                Participating Pharmacist:
    (705) 457-5020                         Jeanne Chu
    Participating Pharmacist:
    Amin Shivji                            Sutton Apothecary
                                           121 High St.
    Haliburton Highlands Family Health     Sutton
    7217 Gelert Road, PO Box 870           L0E 1R0
    Haliburton                             (905) 722-3302
    K0M 1S0                                Participating Pharmacist:
    (705) 457-1212 ext. 248                Al Reyhany
    Participating Pharmacist:
    Douglas Stewart
    Central South
    Dell Pharmacy                          DayNight Pharmacy
    260 St. Paul Ave.                      700 Queenston Rd.
    Brantford                              Hamilton
    N3R 4M7                                L8G 1A3
    (519) 756-6363 ext. 0                  (905) 296-5474
    Participating Pharmacist:              Participating Pharmacist:
    Randy Gunning                          Patricia Lilko
    Participating Pharmacist:              Participating Pharmacist:
    Bill Lamond                            Emina Banic
    Participating Pharmacist:
    Denise O'Hanian                        North Hamilton Community Health
    DrugStore Pharmacy No. 540             554 John Street North
    410 Fairview Ave., Unit 3              Hamilton
    Brantford                              L8L 4S1
    N3R 7N7                                (905) 523-6611 ext. 241
    (519) 754-4798 ext. 0                  Participating Pharmacist:
    Participating Pharmacist:              Janie Bowles-Jordan
    Santosh Manjunath                      For participants in the North End
    Participating Pharmacist:              catchment area
    Bhikhu Tejyra
                                           Pharma Viva Pharmacy
    Pharmacy at Price Chopper              6 Clairmont St.
    (Sobey's Group)                        Thorold
    50 Market St. S.                       L2V 1R1
    Brantford                              (905) 680-7077
    N3S 2E3                                Participating Pharmacist:
    (519) 759-6997                         Baher Khoury
    Participating Pharmacist:
    Ashwin Gandhi                          Simpson's Pharmacy
                                           1882 Niagara Stone Rd. Box 329
    Shoppers Drug Mart No. 1155            Virgil
    269 Clarence St.                       L0S 1T0
    Brantford                              (905) 468-2121
    N3R 3T6                                Participating Pharmacist:
    (519) 753-9091                         Sean Simpson
    Participating Pharmacist:
    Cynthia Gillam
    Participating Pharmacist:
    Kristina Kelley

    Delhi PharmaSave
    221 Main St.
    N4B 2M4
    (519) 582-1530
    Participating Pharmacist:
    John Stanczyk
    Central West
    Shoppers Drug Mart No. 726             Shoppers Drug Mart
    2080 Appleby Line                      1585 Mississauga Valley Blvd.
    Burlington                             Mississauga
    L7L 6M6                                L5A 3W9
    (905) 332-8787                         (905) 272-1100
    Participating Pharmacist:              Participating Pharmacist:
    Christine Yu                           Kevin Huang

    Shoppers Drug Mart                     Shoppers Drug Mart No. 904
    265 Main St. E.                        Erin Mills Town Centre,
    Milton                                 5100 Erin Mills Parkway
    L9T 1P1                                Mississauga
    (905) 878-3311                         L5M 4Z5
    Participating Pharmacist:              (905) 569-3939
    Dawn Ross                              Participating Pharmacist:
                                           Meena Zala
    Kelly's Gaurdian Pharmacy              Wal-Mart Pharmacy No. 1041
    411 Bridge St. E.                      89 Jim Kimmett Blvd
    Belleville                             Napanee
    K8N 1P7                                K7R 3L1
    (613) 962-5112                         (613) 354-0170
    Participating Pharmacist:              Participating Pharmacist:
    Michele Solkhon                        Amanda Wall

    DrugStore Pharmacy No. 4245            DrugStore Pharmacy
    753 Notre Dame St.                     200 Grant Carman
    Embrun                                 Ottawa
    K0A  1W0                               K2E 7Z8
    (613) 443-2357                         (613) 727-7477
    Participating Pharmacist:              Participating Pharmacist:
    Natalie Lafleur                        Maya Najim

    DrugStore Pharmacy                     DrugStore Pharmacy
    Kemptville Mall, 2600 Hwy 43 W.        2737 Laurier St.
    Kemptville                             Rockland
    K0G 1J0                                K4K 1A3
    (613) 258-9283                         (613) 446-4099
    Participating Pharmacist:              Participating Pharmacist:
    Kate Swetnam                           Nadine Niyongere
                                           Participating Pharmacist:
                                           Ben Gunter
    DrugStore Pharmacy                     Fenlon's Pharmacy
    44-50 Great Northern Rd.               88 Broadway Ave. Box 339
    Sault Ste. Marie                       Wawa
    P6B 4Y5                                P0S 1K0
    (705) 253-2887                         (705) 856-2800
    Participating Pharmacist:              Participating Pharmacist:
    Jake McCracken                         Gary Simard
    North West
    Safeway Pharmacy                       Wal-Mart Pharmacy
    417 Scott St.                          Unit 1 - 24 Miikana Way
    Fort Frances, ON P9A 1H3               Kenora
    (807) 274-0363                         P9N 4J1
    Participating Pharmacist:              (807) 468-8307
    David Schwartz                         Participating Pharmacist:
    Participating Pharmacist:              Lorna Smith
    Ron Skrupa
                                           Red Lake Pharmacy
    PharmaSave No. 490                     146 Hourie St. P.O. Box 890
    38 King St.                            Red Lake
    Dryden                                 P0V 2M0
    P8N 1B3                                (807) 727-2255
    (807) 223-2413                         Participating Pharmacist:
    Participating Pharmacist:              Felipe Campusano
    Robert Button
    Participating Pharmacist:
    Lawrence Zachidniak
    South West
    Pharma Plus Drug Mart                  Southwest Middlesex Health Centre
    144 Court House Square                 22262 Mill Rd. R.R. No. 5
    Goderich                               Mount Brydges
    N7A 1M9                                N0L 1W0
    (519) 524-2145                         (519) 264-2023
    Participating Pharmacist:              Participating Pharmacist:
    Dan Stringer                           Diane Staines
    Participating Pharmacist:
    Mark Aitken                            Coward Pharmacy Ltd.
                                           165 Broadway
    Zellers Pharmacy                       Tillsonburg
    600 Mitchell Rd. S.                    N4G 3P9
    Listowel                               (519) 842-4081
    N4W 3T1                                Participating Pharmacist:
    (519) 291-6525                         Ian McDowell
    Participating Pharmacist:
    Nelia Ngo

    Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy No. 228
    413 King St.
    N6B 1S6
    (519) 435-0675
    Participating Pharmacist:
    Gossette Radlein

For further information:

For further information: Michael Torres, Media Relations, CAMH, (416)
595-6015; Mary-Anne Cedrone, Manager of Communications, OPA, (416) 441-0788
ext. 4266; Adam Grachnik, Minister Watson's Office, (416) 326-8497; Julie
Rosenberg, Ministry of Health Promotion, (416) 326-4833

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