Media Release submitted by Bill Eekhof
If your New Year’s Resolution to quit tobacco has already gone up in smoke, a free program could still help you butt out for good in 2019.
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is promoting a series of free quit-smoking support programs this month in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland County. The Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (S.T.O.P.) Program offers resources and five weeks of free nicotine patches to participants at no cost.
In partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Health Unit is running the following S.T.O.P. sessions:
• In City of Kawartha Lakes on Thursday, February 21, at 10 am.
• In Northumberland County on Tuesday, February 26, at 9:30 am
To see if you qualify for S.T.O.P., call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2202.
“If your goal this year is to quit smoking, the S.T.O.P. Program is a great way to get back on track. Giving up tobacco will improve your own health, while helping protect loved ones from deadly second-hand smoke,” says Karen Taylor, a Public Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit.
Research shows that patches and other nicotine replacement therapy can increase the odds of people becoming smoke-free. According to Taylor, the S.T.O.P. Program also has a proven track record in helping people quit tobacco for good.
Since its inception in 2005, the STOP Program has provided free smoking cessation medication and counselling support to over 100,000 Ontarians who wanted to quit smoking.