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YOUR YEAR TO QUIT

- Stick to Your Resolution in 2017 to Go Tobacco-Free; National Non-Smoking Week is Perfect Time to Start -

If your plan to go tobacco-free in 2017 is a complete train wreck already, there is still plenty of time, incentives and resources to help you get back on the rails.

Local residents are encouraged to make another quit attempt, especially with National Non-Smoking Week (January 15-21) on the horizon. It can take several tries to go completely tobacco-free, but each step can bring you closer to success, according to the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

“Even if your New Year’s resolution to give up tobacco has gone up in smoke, take heart because you can still succeed,” says Jennifer Robertson, a Public Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit. “National Non-Smoking Week is a good time to get back on track, especially with the many free resources, incentives and supports to help you quit for good.”

People wanting to go tobacco-free can take note of the following:

Tobacco Talks are quit-smoking support programs offered in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland County. These informal get-togethers allow people trying to quit smoking to speak with Health Unit staff about strategies for success.

• The Wouldurather quit-smoking contest is geared to young adults in Ontario. By quitting or cutting back on their tobacco use, contestants have a chance to win cash prizes.

•The S.T.O.P. (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients) Program is coming to Northumberland County (January 26 and March 8), Minden (February 1), and the City of Kawartha Lakes (January 19 and March 29). The no-cost program provides quit-smoking resources and five weeks of free nicotine patches for participants. To see if you qualify for the program, call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577.

• Many health care professionals in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes provide support and resources to help smokers trying to quit. To see what is available in the area, local residents can visit the Health Unit's Quit Smoking web page for a complete list of services.

Smokers’ Helpline (toll-free 1-877-513-5333) is a free, confidential service operated by the Canadian Cancer Society that offers support and information about quitting smoking and tobacco use.

For media inquiries, contact:

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

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