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- Spaces Still Available to Join Free S.T.O.P. Smoking Program to Help Smokers Quit -

Local residents are again reminded that there is still time to S.T.O.P. smoking in November.

A unique quit-smoking program is coming this week to Lindsay and Haliburton. The Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (S.T.O.P.) program provides resources and five weeks of nicotine patches free-of-charge to help smokers trying to quit. The S.T.O.P. program is being offered by the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

S.T.O.P Programs are being offered this Wednesday (November 5) in Lindsay and this Thursday (November 6) in Haliburton. 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.

If attending the S.T.O.P Program does not work this week, another session is also being offered on Thursday, November 27, in Bobcaygeon. People can also call the Health Unit to book a spot.

“This is just a friendly reminder that if you want to quit smoking, the S.T.O.P. Program is an excellent way to get you started,” says Dearbhla Lynch, a Health Promoter with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. “Nicotine patches have proven to be very effective to help people quit smoking. And the fact that nicotine 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.

The Health Unit has organized previous S.T.O.P. Programs in this area, and they have proven to be very popular in the past, Lynch notes.

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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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