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

If your goal to give up tobacco went up in smoke months ago, there are four opportunities this fall 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 the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County in October and November. 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.

S.T.O.P Programs are being offered in this area on the following dates:

On Thursday, October 16, in Lindsay.

On Wednesday, November 5, in Lindsay.

On Thursday, November 6, in Haliburton.

On Thursday, November 27, in Bobcaygeon.

To see if they qualify for the S.T.O.P. Program, local residents are asked to pre-register by calling the Health Unit at (705) 324-3569 or toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2204.

“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 Dearbhla Lynch, 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, she adds. “Nicotine patches are very effective, but can be expensive for some people,” Lynch notes. “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 counseling support to more than 90,000 Ontarians who wanted to quit smoking.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Dearbhla Lynch, Health Promoter, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569, ext. 2204,

or Karen Taylor, Public Health Nurse, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569, ext. 2240,

or Jennifer Robertson, Public Health Nurse, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569, ext. 2302.

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