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TIME TO S.T.O.P.

- Free Nicotine Patches, Resources Available as Part of Quit-Smoking Program Coming to Area This Spring -

Spring is in the air, and if you’re a local smoker, it’s also an opportunity to help clear the air of your deadly tobacco addiction.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is offering the Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (S.T.O.P.) Program in Lindsay, Haliburton, Cobourg and Campbellford over the next few months. Presented in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the S.T.O.P. Program is a unique quit-smoking program that provides resources and five weeks of nicotine patches free-of-charge to smokers. The goal is to help more smokers quit for good.

The S.T.O.P. Program is being offered as follows:

• In Lindsay on Wednesday, April 20 and Wednesday, June 15.

• In Haliburton on Wednesday, May 18

• In Cobourg on Wednesday, May 18

•In Campbellford on Saturday, June 4.

Local smokers are encouraged to call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577 to see if they qualify for the local S.T.O.P. Program. Information on exact times and locations for each session will also be provided.

“If your New Year’s Resolution to give up tobacco in 2016 went up in smoke weeks ago, here is your opportunity to breathe easier and enjoy the benefits of smoke-free living,” says Karen Taylor, a Public Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit. “The S.T.O.P. Program is unique because it not only offers resources to quit, but also provides nicotine patches free-of-charge to improve your chances of staying smoke-free for good.”

Research shows that the use of patches and other nicotine replacement therapy can more than double the chances of people becoming smoke-free. Since its inception in 2005, the STOP Program has provided free smoking cessation medication and counselling support to more than 100,000 Ontarians who wanted to quit smoking.

 

For media inquiries, contact:

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

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