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FALL FOR QUITTING

- Quit-Smoking Program Offers No-Charge Nicotine Patches to Help Smokers Become Tobacco-Free -

While the official start of autumn is only a few days away, local smokers are being encouraged to turn over a new leaf now by taking steps to quit tobacco.

Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (S.T.O.P.) is a quit-smoking support program that provides resources and five weeks of free nicotine patches to participants. Two S.T.O.P. sessions are being offered as follows:

• On Wednesday, October 4, at 10:30 am in Kinmount.

• On Wednesday, October 18, at 10 am in Hastings.

To learn more about S.T.O.P and see if they qualify for the program, local residents can call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577. S.T.O.P. is presented by the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Research shows that the use of patches and other nicotine replacement therapy can more than double the chances of people becoming smoke-free, says Karen Taylor, a Public Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit.

“Nicotine patches are very effective, but can be expensive for some people,” she adds. “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.”

For media inquiries, contact:

Karen Taylor, Public Health Nurse, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569, or 1-866-888-4577.

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