More support to help Islanders quit smoking
Islanders looking to quit smoking now have access to additional supports, free of charge, through a new self-referral program.
All Islanders who smoke or use other tobacco products, and are ready to quit, are eligible to participate. The Smoking Cessation Program covers the cost of medications and nicotine replacement therapy products. It will be delivered through primary care networks across the province.
“With tobacco use as the number one preventable cause of illness and death in PEI, ensuring Islanders have the supports in place to help them quit smoking is extremely important. We want to make accessing the smoking cessation program as easy as possible. By offering these supports through our primary care networks across the province we are ensuring that Islanders can access the services no matter where they live.”
- Health and Wellness Minister James Aylward
The program covers one full course (12 weeks) of treatment, once per year, for one of the following:
- Gum, lozenges, inhalers or nicotine patches; or
- Prescription quit smoking medication.
“We know that smoking can be an incredibly difficult addiction to quit, but it is easier with support,” says Jayna Stokes, Provincial Lead, Canadian Cancer Society, PEI. “Through this gold standard program, tobacco users will receive wrap-around support that is comprehensive and easily accessible. We applaud the Government of Prince Edward Island for the development and launch of this important program.”
A Provincial Tobacco Control Coordinator has recently been hired to oversee administration, monitoring and evaluation of the program, in the Department of Health and Wellness. The Program Coordinator will be working with partners on tobacco prevention and harm reduction initiatives to decrease rates of smoking in the province and ensure supports are available to those who want to quit smoking.
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