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Friday, 2 January 2015

#freebie New Years Resolution - Quit Smoking? Free Nicotine Patches Available in Kawartha Lakes!

Kawartha Lakes Families Can Move Healthier and Wealthier Into New Year With Free Nicotine Patches!

Is your New Year's resolution to quit smoking? Do you have a friend or relative how could use a hand keeping their quit smoking resolution? Please share this post with them!
Haliburton Kawartha Lakes Pine Ridge District Health Unit will be offering a free quit smoking program with free nicotine patches for participants stating in January. Don't live in City of Kawartha Lakes? The S.T.O.P. program maybe in your community too. We're adding links to info for similar programs in other communities to this post as we find them.
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image Kawartha Lakes Smokers Get Free Nicotine Patches!
Kawartha Lakes Smokers Get Free Nicotine Patches!

Taking part in the S.T.O.P. program, not only could lengthen your life, but increase the money families have available to spend on other pursuits. How do you sign up?
Glad you asked!

RESOLVING TO QUIT - S.T.O.P. Program Offers Free Nicotine Patches to Kawartha Lakes Smokers Wanting to Quit 

If your New Year’s resolution is to give up smoking, there is extra help available to quit in 2015. The STOP aka Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients program is coming to Lindsayin the first several weeks of the New Year.

What is S.T.O.P. ?

STOP is a program supporting smokers trying to quit by providing them with five weeks of nicotine patches at no cost. Smokers who attend the free STOP Program will also get educational material and other resources to help them in the quitting process.
“This is the time of year when many people resolve to become tobacco-free,” says Karen Taylor, a Public Health Nurse with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. “Giving up smoking can be a challenge, and that’s where the STOP Program can help you achieve your goal of becoming a successful quitter!” 
The Health Unit is partnering with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to bring the STOP Program to our area.

Resolving to Quit Smoking? Sign Up for S.T.O.P. Now!

The first S.T.O.P. session will be offered on  January 28 in Lindsay.Wondering if you qualify? Call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2240 to find out if you qualify for this free program and to get times and locations for the sessions.

How Successful is the S.T.O.P. Program in Helping Smokers?

Over the past few years, the STOP Program has had considerable success in helping people quit smoking.
“Nicotine patches can greatly improve the chances of quitting smoking, but some people may not be able to afford them,” Taylor notes. “With the STOP Program, patches are available free-of-charge and can really improve your chances of success.” 

Quitting Smoking - A Great Present for Your Family!

The holiday season is also an ideal time to consider becoming tobacco-free in 2015.
“Overcoming your tobacco addiction is one of the best presents to give your loved ones,” Taylor adds. 
Did you know the physical benefits of being tobacco-free start almost immediately? Within 20 minutes of quitting, a person’s blood pressure returns to normal; within eight hours, blood carbon monoxide levels drop and oxygen levels increase; and after two days, a person’s sense of smell and taste improves. There are other advantages to becoming tobacco-free as well.
Says Taylor: “You have more energy and more money in your pocket not having to pay for cigarettes.”
Do you have tips to help people keeping a quit smoking resolution?
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