The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Quit smoking program aims to help residents stay quit

WHITBY, ON September 22, 2014

Durham Region Health Department is offering a free quit smoking support group for residents of Durham Region. The group will be held on Tuesdays, October 14 to November 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ajax Community Library, 55 Harwood Ave. S. The focus of these sessions will be on helping individuals develop the skills needed to quit successfully and remain tobacco-free.

“We hope that participants will learn to identify their current smoking patterns, understand triggers that lead to smoking and learn what they can do to better handle these triggers,” explained Sue Cockburn-Gillespie, a public health nurse with the Health Department. 

Sessions will include discussion about stop smoking medications, planning for high-risk situations that could result in relapse, and sharing information about people and organizations that can support quitting efforts. Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss and share experiences and challenges related to quitting. 

“Participants of past groups have indicated that the group support they received from others with similar goals and experiences was very helpful,” noted Ms. Cockburn-Gillespie.

Registration for the group is required as space is limited. To register for this free quit smoking group, please call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.

Media inquiries:

The Regional Municipality of Durham:

Glendene Collins – Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2999

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For more information, please contact Health Department.