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- Free Nicotine Patches Available To Smokers Who Want to Quit; Sign Up For S.T.OP. Program Today -

(CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES) – If you are a smoker, it is not too late to S.T.O.P.

S.T.O.P. is the short form for the Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients Program that is coming to Lindsay on February 19. The free S.T.O.P. program provides smokers with five weeks of free nicotine patches, as well as educational material and other resources to help them quit.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is partnering with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to bring S.T.O.P. to the City of Kawartha Lakes.

While spaces are still available in the S.T.O.P. Program, time is running out to sign up for the session. Local residents who are interested in attending the S.T.O.P. Program are asked to call the Health Unit at (705) 324-3569. People who call will be asked to complete an initial screening to see if they qualify for the program.

“Becoming tobacco-free can be challenge, and that is where the S.T.O.P. Program can help you achieve the goal of quitting,” says Dearbhla Lynch, a Health Promoter with the HKPR District Health Unit.

“What’s unique about S.T.O.P. is that nicotine patches are available free-of-charge to participants,” she adds. “Nicotine patches can be costly, but really improve the chances of quitting smoking. For that reason alone, it is worth finding out more about S.T.O.P.”

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For media inquiries, contact:

Dearbhla Lynch, Health Promoter, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569.

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