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TIME TO S.T.O.P.

- Unique Quit-Smoking Program Offers Free Nicotine Patches and Resources to Support Smokers to Stop -

If your New Year’s Resolution to give up tobacco went up in smoke weeks ago, there is an opportunity later in March to get back on track.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is partnering with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to bring the Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (S.T.O.P.) Program to Lindsay and Cobourg later this month. S.T.O.P. is a unique quit-smoking program that provides resources and five weeks of nicotine patches free-of-charge to smokers, with the goal of helping more people quit for good.

To see if they qualify for the program, local residents are asked to contact the Health Unit as follows:

  • Those interested in attending the S.T.O.P. Program in Lindsay on March 19 can call the Health Unit at (705) 324-3569, ext. 2204, or toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2204.
  • People who want to attend the S.T.O.P. Program in Cobourg on March 25 are asked to call the Health Unit at (905) 885-9100, ext. 1321, or toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1321.

“We are very excited to be working with the Centre for Addition and Mental Health to bring the S.T.O.P. Program back to our area, especially when it can directly benefit smokers who are trying to quit,” says Stephanie Logan, a Health Promoter with the HKPR District Health Unit.

Research shows that the use of patches and other nicotine replacement therapy can more than double the chances of people becoming smoke-free, notes Jennifer Robertson, a Public Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit. “Nicotine patches are very effective, but can be expensive for some people,” she adds. “The fact that patches are free through the S.T.O.P. Program is just another reason to call to see if you qualify for it.”

Since its inception in 2005, the S.T.O.P. Program has provided free smoking cessation medication and counselling support to more than 90,000 Ontarians who wanted to quit smoking.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Stephanie Logan, Health Promoter, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100,

or Jennifer Robertson, Public Health Nurse, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569.

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