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- Kawartha Lakes Resident Credits Late Aunt for Finally Helping Her Quit Smoking For Good –

(CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES) – Even as Renee Fitzgerald still mourns the loss of her aunt to lung cancer, the tragic incident was also the spark that helped her quit smoking for good.

“I figured it would take something major to get me to quit smoking,” admits Fitzgerald, a Lindsay resident who had been smoking for nearly three decades, ever since her first cigarette at age 11. “Watching the deterioration of my aunt from the cancer was horrible. And then on her deathbed, she said to me: ‘Renee, for the love of God, quit smoking’.”

Fitzgerald took the advice, giving up cigarettes for good on the first day of 2016 – only a few months after the death of her aunt (who was also a long-time smoker). Fitzgerald has been smoke-free ever since, and has noticed an improvement in her health: “No more inhaler, no more wheezing, it’s been incredible.”

With World No-Tobacco Day being marked this Wednesday (May 31), Fitzgerald wants to share her smoke-free success story with other people. “It’s very hard to quit, but worth all the effort,” she notes.

Besides drawing on her aunt’s desire for her to quit, Fitzgerald also credits the assistance she received from members of CEASE Kawartha, or the Central East Association for Smoking Elimination. CEASE is a network of health and social agencies in the City of Kawartha Lakes that supports people trying to quit smoking. CEASE includes representatives from the Community Care Health and Care Network's Community Health Centre (CHC), Ross Memorial Hospital, Kawartha North Family Health Team, City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, Canadian Mental Health Association and Remedy’s Rx on Kent.

In Fitzgerald’s case, the smoking cessation program at the Community Health Centre was invaluable in helping her quit. The CHC offers one-on-one counselling to help their clients quit smoking, as well as access to free nicotine replacement therapy (including the patch and gum). Fitzgerald took advantage of all these resources, and regularly worked with Yvette Roy, a Registered Nurse at the CHC, to come up with a quit plan and develop coping techniques to resist the tobacco temptation.

“I took advantage of every resource to quit, and I would encourage others to do the same,” she says.

CEASE Kawartha members are here to help people navigate the system so they can find the quit-smoking program that best fits their needs. “CEASE members share resources and stay current on the best practices to help people quit smoking,” says Dearbhla Lynch, a CEASE member and Health Promoter with the HKPR District Health Unit. “Our core belief is that anyone motivated to give up smoking can quit with the right advice, resources and support.”

To find out more about CEASE Kawartha and local quit-smoking programs, call (705) 324-3569, ext. 2204.

For media inquiries, contact:

Dearbhla Lynch, Health Promoter, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569, ext. 2204,

or Yvette Roy, Registered Nurse, Community Health Centre, (705) 324-7323.

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