University of Toronto Smoke-Free Policy – Cessation Support for Faculty & Staff

Date: January 28, 2019
To: University of Toronto Community
From: Kim Burbine, Director, Health & Well-being, Division of HR & Equity
Ian MacEachern, Director, Benefits, Pension & Payroll, Division of HR & Equity
Re: University of Toronto Smoke-Free Policy – Cessation Support for Faculty & Staff

 

The University of Toronto’s Smoke-Free Policy is now in effect. The University recognizes that smoking is a personal decision, and for some, an addiction with which they struggle. As we adapt to our smoke-free campuses, the University is committed to providing smoking cessation programs to members of our community who seek them. As faculty, staff, and librarians at the University of Toronto, you are eligible for the following tobacco smoking cessation support programs.

If you are struggling with addiction, or require medical accommodation related to the smoking of cannabis, please contact Health & Well-Being Programs & Services.

Additional information about the Smoke-Free Policy, cessation resources, and frequently asked questions are available on U of T’s Smoke-Free Policy website. For additional questions and inquiries, please email smokingpolicy@utoronto.ca.

On Campus Supports & Resources

We are pleased to offer the following in-person information session across all three campuses for faculty and staff who want to quit smoking, available in partnership with the University’s Employee and Family Assistance Program.

There is still time to register for the January sessions!
 

Are You Ready to Quit? An Introduction to Smoking Cessation

Quitting smoking isn’t easy. This one-hour session will review some key strategies for successful smoking cessation. The session will also introduce participants to comprehensive resources to assist them in the smoking cessation process.

During this one-hour wellness session participants will:

  • Increase awareness of the effects of smoking
  • Assess your readiness to quit
  • Empower participants to take action
  • Review keys to a good quit smoking program
  • Introduce some resources available

 

Campus Session Details Online Registration
UTM Wednesday, January 30, 2019 (12 pm – 1 pm)
UTM, Club DV3141
Register Online
UTSC Tuesday, January 29, 2019 (12 pm – 1 pm)
UTSC, AA160
Register Here
UTSG Wednesday, January 30, 2019 (12 pm – 1 pm)
UTSG, ODLC Room 610
Register for UTSG Session 1
Thursday, March 7, 2019 (1 pm – 2 pm)
UTSG, ODLC Room 610
Register for UTSG Session 2

 
Sessions will be available on all three University of Toronto campuses over the next several months. For more information and to register for the session of your choice, please visit the Organizational Development & Learning Center website.

Green Shield Canada Pharmacist Health Coaching – Smoking Cessation Program

GSC’s Pharmacist Health Coaching – Smoking Cessation Program includes the delivery of a cognitive counselling service provided by pharmacists that focuses on guidance and support to assist patients in their efforts to quit smoking. In addition to cessation drug coverage, the program includes eight points of contact over a one-year period including:

  • an initial readiness assessment whereby the patient agrees to the enrolment requirements
  • the first consultation meeting
  • seven follow-up sessions

If you’re ready to quit smoking, ask your pharmacist about participating in the program.
 

Self-Directed Supports: Employee and Family Assistance Program

The Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is available to employees of the University of Toronto who are eligible to participate in the University’s group benefit programs, and their dependants: spouses, partners (including same-sex partners) and dependent children. This program is provided at no cost to you.

The EFAP is operated by an external provider, Homewood Health. It is available 24 hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year at many locations both near your home or work.

Homewood offers several options that can support smoking cessation, including counselling for addiction and e-courses through their Plan Smart Health series.

To contact EFAP:

  • (Toll-free) 1.800.663.1142
  • (TTY) 1.866.398.9505
  • (Collect) 604.689.1717

 

Other Available Cessation Programs

The CAMH Nicotine Dependence Clinic offers free smoking cessation support, including counselling, education and access to free nicotine replacements products, to Ontario residents who may be challenged by a tobacco addiction. The services are available to everyone and are conveniently located across the street from the gates to King’s College Circle, at 175 College St.

For more information on the CAMH Smoking Cessation Program and how to access its services, email Outpatient.pharmacy@camh.ca or phone 416-535-8501 ext. 32999. Appointments are preferred, but not required.