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DOG DAYS OF QUITTING

- Health Unit Offers S.T.O.P. Smoking Programs this August in Haliburton and Kawartha Lakes -

If you’re a smoker who lives in cottage country, why not take a holiday from tobacco? After all, help is close to home this August.

Smokers in Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes have opportunities in August to attend no-cost, quit-smoking workshops being offered in each of their communities. The Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (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.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is partnering with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to bring the S.T.O.P. Program to the following locations:

• In the City of Kawartha Lakes on Wednesday, August 2.

• In Haliburton County on Wednesday, August 16.

To see if they quality for S.T.O.P., people can call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2240.

“If you want to take a holiday this summer, why not take one from tobacco?” says Karen Taylor, a Public Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit. “Attending a S.T.O.P. Program in your area in August is a great way to help you get on the road to tobacco-free living.”

Research shows that the use of patches and other nicotine replacement therapy can greatly improve the chances of people becoming smoke-free. “Nicotine patches are very effective, but can be expensive for some people,” Taylor notes. “The fact that patches are free through the S.T.O.P. Program is just another reason to call to see if you qualify for them.”

If area residents are unable to attend the S.T.O.P. Programs in August, the Health Unit will again be offering sessions this fall in Kinmount, the City of Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland County. People can find out more details about upcoming S.T.O.P. Program dates and locations by calling the Health Unit or by visiting the STOP Smoking Program web page.

Since its inception in 2005, the S.T.O.P. Program has provided free smoking cessation medication and counseling support to thousands of Ontarians who wanted to quit smoking.

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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