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- People Trying to Quit Smoking Encouraged to Join Weekly Support Groups in Port Hope and Brighton -

(NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY) – If you want to clear the air by becoming smoke-free, here is your opportunity to join the conversation to quit.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit provides Tobacco Talks quit-smoking support programs each week in Port Hope and Brighton. These informal get-togethers are an opportunity for people trying to quit smoking to drop by and speak with Health Unit staff about strategies for success. Tobacco Talks are also opportunities to share experiences with others trying to reduce their tobacco use or make a serious quit attempt.

The Tobacco Talks are scheduled as follows:

• Every Monday from 4:30 to 6 pm at the Health Unit office in Port Hope (200 Rose Glen Road).

• Every Thursday at 10 am at the Health Unit office in Brighton (35 Alice St. in the municipal building).

“Making the decision to become smoke-free benefits your health and provides positive outcomes for your children, other family members and pets, especially in reducing their exposure to second-hand smoke,” notes Karen Taylor, a Public Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit. “The Tobacco Talks support group is a chance to discuss how you’re doing, create your own weekly challenge, share strategies for success, and provide support to make the quitting process a long-lasting one. We also discuss free local sources of nicotine patches, Champix or other quit-smoking medications.”

Jennifer Valcamp, a Health Promoter with the HKPR District Health Unit, has assisted smokers to achieve their goals. “It’s a matter of try, try again, because every quit attempt brings you closer to quitting for good,” she says. “If you can reduce how much you smoke each day, that’s a step forward. If you can come up with options to curb your tobacco craving, that’s a success too.”

Together with the Tobacco Talks support groups, the Health Unit is also offering more help for people trying to quit tobacco. This coming September, October and November, the Health Unit is organizing monthly S.T.O.P. (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients) Programs in Northumberland County. The S.T.O.P. Program supports smokers trying to quit by providing them with five weeks of nicotine patches at no charge. Smokers will also get educational material and other resources to help them in the quitting process.

To find out more about Tobacco Talks or the upcoming S.T.O.P. Program, call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-88-4577, ext. 2240 or ext. 4223.

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For media inquiries, contact:

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

or Jennifer Valcamp, Health Promoter, HKPR District Health Unit, (613) 475-0933, ext. 4223.

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