Where there’s smoke, chances are there’s a frustrated tobacco user trying to quit — again. No one knows how hard it is to quit smoking better than a smoker.
That’s why the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, in collaboration with the Ontario Lung Association and several partners, is launching a confidential Smokers’ Panel to gather information from current and former smokers that will help develop future tobacco programs and services.
Led by the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, partners include the Ontario Lung Association, University of Toronto, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Smokers’ Helpline, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, STOP Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients, Leave the Pack Behind and Algoma Public Health.
“Smoking remains the leading cause of premature and preventable death and disability, yet almost one in five Ontarians continue to smoke,” said Dr. Robert Schwartz, executive director, Ontario Tobacco Research Unit and Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, in a news release. “The Smokers’ Panel will form a platform for a series of research studies to better understand areas such as long-term relapse, the paths to quitting smoking, and programs to help people quit.”
To join the panel, smokers and former smokers are asked to visit smokerspanel.ca or call 1-855-311-2264 for more information. Eligible participants will complete a brief online registration — telephone registration is available for those who do not have access to a computer. Panel members will receive the latest information about quitting smoking as well as invitations to participate in special studies. All registered participants will have a chance to win an iPad.
For help to quit smoking, the Ontario Lung Association resource, Journey 2 Quit: A Workbook to Help You Quit Smoking is now available for free in both English and French. Call 1‐888‐344‐LUNG (5864) to begin your journey.