Study of Young Adults' Use of Nicotine Patches and Gum

The nicotine patch and gum are well-known, safe, over-the-counter quit smoking aids that have been shown to help smokers control their nicotine withdrawal symptoms and cravings as they quit smoking.

Since 2005, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has made nicotine patches and gum available, free-of-charge to all Ontario smokers through the Smoking Therapy for Ontario Patients (STOP) project. To date, over 80,000 smokers have received free nicotine patches or gum through STOP.

With the support of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, LTPB has partnered with STOP to provide and electronic ordering system for young adults to order free nicotine patches or gum. In addition, researchers from Leave The Pack Behind and STOP have partnered to evaluate young adult smokers' attitudes and behaviours related to online ordering and subsequent use of nicotine patches or gum.

Smokers who receive free nicotine patches or gum can share their views by answering 3 short online surveys about the products and their own smoking and quitting experiences. To read the full, detailed information page about the study, click here.


Study Researchers

If you have general questions about the study or nicotine patches or gum, please contact Leave The Pack Behind at: T 905-688-5550 x4992 E

Kelli-an Lawrance, PhD [905-688-5550 x. 4288,]
Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences, Brock University

Peter Selby, MD, MBBS, CCFP, FCFP, dip ABRAM [416-535-8501 x.6859,]
Associate Professor, Family & Community Medicine & Psychiatry, and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto / Chief, Addictions Division, CAMH

This study is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. The study has been reviewed by and received clearance from the Brock University (File: 13-004) and The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (File: 111-2013) Research Ethics Boards. There are no foreseeable serious risks posed by this study. This study should in no way be taken as a form of medical consultation or substitute for consultation with a health professional.

Leave The Pack Behind (LTPB) offers young adults smoking and quitting information, personalized support, and quitting resources – all for free. It is funded by the Ontario government.

Leave The Pack Behind | Brock University | 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way | St. Catharines, Ontario L2S 3A1 | P. 905 688 5550 x4992 | F. 905 984 4847


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