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TIME TO BE A QUITTER

- S.T.O.P. Program Coming to Campbellford, Offering Free Patches and Advice to Help Smokers Quit -

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

The Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (S.T.O.P.) Program is coming to Campbellford 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.

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 toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2240.

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 Campbellford.

“If your New Year’s Resolution to give up tobacco went up in smoke weeks ago, here is your opportunity to get back on track,” says Karen Taylor, a Public Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit. “Becoming tobacco-free can be challenge, and that is where the S.T.O.P. Program can help you achieve the goal of quitting.”

According to Taylor, the S.T.O.P. Program is unique for providing nicotine patches free-of-charge to participants. “Nicotine patches can be costly, but really improve the chances of quitting smoking,” she adds. “For that reason alone, it is worth finding out more about S.T.O.P.”

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For media inquiries, contact:

Karen Taylor, Public Health Nurse, HKPR District Health Unit, 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2240.

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