Nicotine Dependence Service Newsletter: Fall 2012
NDS newsletters provide program updates for: TEACH, STOP, PREGNETS, CAN-ADAPTT, and the Nicotine Dependence Clinic.
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NDS integration

TEACH applications

STOP Program 
NDC clinic locations
Dr. Nadia Minian

Learning from students

Pets and smoking


The NDS is home to many programs and resources you're already familiar with: TEACH, STOP, PREGNETS, CAN-ADAPTT, and the Nicotine Dependence Clinic. To better serve our partners, clients, and participants, we've integrated our programs into one service. The NDS Newsletter will replace project-specific newsletters and will provide a single source for all NDS programming updates and news.

Management Team, NDS

A warm welcome to Dr. Nadia Minian, who has joined the NDS management team as a Project Scientist. Dr. Minian specializes in social determinants of health, policy research and analysis, evaluation, and knowledge mobilization.

PREGNETS Website Launch

The NDS has re-launched for pregnant and postpartum women and their healthcare providers. offers support and resources to help women quit or reduce smoking.


The site focuses on building a community of support for women through the use of a discussion board. Women will find cessation and reduction tools including a personalized quit meter, self-help materials, tips on dealing with cravings, and information about healthy pregnancy and partner support.

For healthcare providers, PREGNETS links to relevant current literature, offers a toolkit with key recommendations, and provides tools for use with clients.

The site has been attracting media attention from across the country since its re-launch. 

The TEACH Project applications for November close this Friday Sept 21, 4PM. Apply here!

From Novemer 19 - 23, the TEACH Project will offer the 3-day Core Course plus two 2-day specialty courses: Integrated Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Interventions for Women Across the Lifespan. TEACH aims to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use in Ontario by increasing identification and treatment capacity of health and allied practitioners from diverse disciplines and service settings. So far TEACH has trained over 3,600 healthcare practitioners across Canada!

The STOP Program has provided smoking interventions to over 80,000 Ontarians!

The STOP Program continues to partner with community health organizations across Ontario to provide smoking cessation interventions. Almost 150 Family Health Teams and Community Health Centres partering with STOP have engaged nearly 11,000 participants. If you're part of an FHT and CHC that would like to partner with STOP, contact us!

This fall, STOP is reaching further to engage Ontarians with unique and pressing needs. We are partnering with approximately 50 addiction service agencies across the province to deliver comprehensive smoking cessation interventions and improve access to free Nicotine Replacement Therapy and counselling in addictions treatment settings. 

STOP is also collaborating with Aboriginal Health Access Centres through an iterative and interactive process. Together, STOP and AHACS are working to identify appropriate and beneficial avenues to enhance the intervention capacity of AHAC practitioners and improve community access to cessation treatment.

STOP on the Road will soon see Ontario Health Units leading workshops tailored to their community. Health Unit practitioners will use their TEACH training to provide cessation interventions to participants, who will receive a 1-hour group psychoeducation presentation and a 5-week kit of nicotine patches.

The Nicotine Dependence Clinic now works out of two locations!

To better serve our clients, the Nicotine Dependence Clinic (NDC) now has  two locations where clients can access clinical services175 College (College & McCaul) and the newly built Bell Gateway Building, 3rd floor (Queen & Ossington). No referral required - it's easy for clients to meet with one of our therapists or register in a "Getting Started" workshop by calling 416-535-8501 x7400. 

Learning from NDS Students

Each summer, the NDS welcomes undergraduate students to gain experience in research, education and supervised clinical work. In a presentation to the NDS team, one student shared what she learned through her 2012 studentship. She named five key components of the therapeutic nurse-client relationship that she learned watching her NDS mentors: trust, respect, professional intimacy, empathy and power. By naming these components, the student gave our staff a powerful and simple reminder: this is what we do here.

Quick Facts:
Pets & Smoking

Smoking may be a choice for humans, but it's never a choice for pets. In animals, cigarette smoke can cause respiratory problems and asthma, and tobacco and nicotine products are toxic. For many of our clients at the NDC, improving the health of their pets is an incentive to change smoking behaviour. Engage your own clients in the health of their pets! Try a Wall of Fame where clients can add pictures of their pets, and link to resources like
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