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- Upcoming S.T.O.P. Sessions Offer Area Smokers Free Nicotine Patches and Advice to Quit -

If you are a smoker, there is still time to S.T.O.P.

Over the coming weeks, the Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (S.T.O.P.) Program will be offered in Haliburton County, the City of Kawartha Lakes and twice in Northumberland County. 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 sessions. 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 the following locations:

• In Haliburton on Wednesday, May 18.

• In Cobourg on Wednesday, May 18.

• In Campbellford on Saturday, June 4.

• In Lindsay on Wednesday, June 15.

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.

“Becoming tobacco-free can be challenge, and that is where the S.T.O.P. Program can help you achieve the goal of quitting,” says Karen Taylor, a Public Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit.

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.”

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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