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Free program to help smokers quit coming to Kawartha’s

KAWARTHA LAKES-The Health Unit is encouraging local smokers to turn over a new leaf and “butt out” this fall by offering a free program to help them S.T.O.P.

Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (S.T.O.P.) is a quit-smoking support program  five weeks of free nicotine patches and resources to participants who are motivated to quit.

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.

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.”

To learn more about S.T.O.P and see if you 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.

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Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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