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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Local Smokers Quitting Get Free Nicotine Patches!

S.T.O.P. Program Offers Free Nicotine Patches!

Quitting smoking? Here's a great freebie for you!

STOP, Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients, Program returns February to City of Kawartha Lakes. STOP, a program supporting smokers trying to quit, provides smokers with five weeks of free nicotine patches. Smokers who attend the STOP Program will also get educational material and other resources to help them in the quitting process.

'Becoming tobacco-free can be challenge, and that is where the STOP Program can help you achieve the goal of quitting,' says Dearbhla Lynch, a Health Promoter with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

The Health Unit is partnering with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Kawartha North Family Health Team and Ross Memorial Hospital to bring the STOP Program to the area. Sessions are set for February 15 in Fenelon Falls and February 16 in Lindsay.

Limited Space Register NOW!

Because of limited space, Lynch encourages people to register now for the STOP Program.  

“Nicotine patches can really improve the chances of quitting smoking, but some people may not be able to afford them due to cost,' Lynch says. 'With the STOP Program, patches are available free-of-charge and  can really improve a smoker’s chances of successfully quitting.'

Find out if you qualify for the STOP Program, complete the initial phone screening, and if successful, you will be asked to attend one of the STOP sessions in February. STOP sessions will be held in Fenelon Falls,and Lindsay. Contact  (705) 887-3535 - speak to Leslie Ballam at the Kawartha North Family Health Team for Fenelon Falls sessions,and the Health Unit at (705) 324-3569, ext. 204 for Lindsay Sessions.

About  STOP:The STOP Program is conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and receives funding from Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as part of its Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy. Since 2005, the STOP Program has helped more than 68,000 people across the province in their quest to give up tobacco.

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