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- Quit-Smoking Program Coming this Fall Offers Free Nicotine Patches to Help Smokers Break Free From Addiction -


Fall is the perfect time to let your tobacco habit go up in smoke, particularly as free nicotine patches and other resources are available to help you succeed.

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 Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes this fall. 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.

The S.T.O.P. Program is being offered in the Health Unit region. People can take part in any of these one-day sessions as follows:

• In Northumberland County on September 19, October 7 and November 4.

• In the City of Kawartha Lakes on September 23, October 13 and November 10.

• In Haliburton County on September 30, October 21 and November 25.

To find out more about S.T.O.P and to see if they qualify for the program, local residents are encouraged to call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577.

“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 Karen Taylor, a Public Health Nurse 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, adds Jennifer Valcamp, a Health Promoter with the HKPR District Health Unit. “Nicotine patches are very effective, but can be expensive for some people,” she adds. “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 them.”

Since its inception in 2005, the S.T.O.P. Program has provided free smoking cessation medication and counseling support to thousands of Ontarians who wanted to quit smoking.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Karen Taylor, Public Health Nurse, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569, or 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2240.

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