Is Quitting Smoking on Your 2018 Wish List?

Written by admin, December 12, 2017

December 12, 2017 – Peterborough Public Health Offering December 20 Workshop and Other Support Programs to Help!

If you are considering a new year’s resolution to quit smoking, Peterborough Public Health (PPH) is pleased to offer support to help you get there.

“Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do to improve your life and health. You can quit smoking forever with planning, some new skills, motivation and support,” said Serena Jewer, Public Health Nurse who has helped dozens of local residents successfully stop smoking. “Even if you slip up, don’t stop trying to quit!”

Peterborough Public Health is excited to offer the following opportunities to help local residents quit smoking:

  • On Wednesday, December 20, 2017 PPH will host a STOP on the Road workshop where eligible individuals receive a group presentation and a free five-week kit of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to support their quit attempt.
  • Choose to be…Smoke Free is a free tobacco cessation support program that provides one-on-one behavioural counselling with a public health nurse and free NRT.
  • A support group for women who want to quit or have recently quit starts on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. A $10 gift card as well as cost-free NRT will be provided for each session. Help with transportation and childcare is also available.

It’s well-known that quitting smoking may improve the length and quality of your life. When you give up cigarettes, your body starts to renew itself as early as the first day of quitting. You may live longer and reduce your chance of developing heart disease, cancer, breathing problems, and infections.  Even those who have developed smoking-related problems like heart disease can benefit. Compared to continuing to smoke, people who quit smoking after having a heart attack may reduce their chances of having another heart attack by as much as 50%. By quitting, you will also lower the chance that people around you will have health problems from second-hand smoke.

For further information, please contact:

Serena Jewer, Public Health Nurse
Tobacco Use Prevention Program
705-743-1000, ext. 330