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TIME TO BE A QUITTER

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

(HALIBURTON COUNTY) – 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 Haliburton County on Thursday, March 5. The free S.T.O.P. program provides eligible 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 smokers 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 to see if they are eligible to take part in the program.

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 Haliburton County.

“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 Jennifer Robertston, 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 Robertson, 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:

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

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