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- People Trying to Quit Smoking Encouraged to Join Weekly Support Groups in Kawartha Lakes -

(CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES) – If you want to clear the air in 2017 by becoming smoke-free, here is your opportunity to join the conversation to quit.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit provides free Tobacco Talks quit-smoking support programs in the City of Kawartha Lakes. These informal get-togethers are a chance 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. Information on free or low-cost local sources of nicotine patches and other quit-smoking medications is also provided.

The Tobacco Talks are scheduled to run as follows:

• Tuesdays at 10 am throughout the month of January (10, 17, 24 & 31).

• Wednesdays at 4:30 pm in January (11, 18 & 25), February (1, 8, 15 & 22) and March (1, 8, 15, 22 & 29).

Both sessions are held at the Health Unit office in Lindsay (108 Angeline Street South). To learn more, call the local Health Unit at (705) 324-3569, ext. 2302 or 2240, email us or click here.

“Making the decision to become smoke-free benefits your health and provides positive outcomes for your family members, especially in reducing their exposure to second-hand smoke,” says 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.”

Jennifer Robertson, a Public Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit, says the Tobacco Talks are well-timed to help support people who are resolving to quit smoking in 2017. “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,” she says. “It’s a matter of try, try again, because every quit attempt brings you closer to quitting for good.”

Together with the Tobacco Talks support groups, the Health Unit is also offering more help for people trying to quit. The Health Unit provides regular S.T.O.P. (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients) Programs in the City of Kawartha Lakes. S.T.O.P. supports eligible participants who are trying to quit by providing them with five weeks of nicotine patches at no charge, as well as educational material and other resources to help them go tobacco-free.

For media inquiries, contact:

Karen Taylor, Public Health Nurse, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569, ext. 2240,

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

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