The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Quit smoking program aims to help residents stay quit

WHITBY, ON March 5, 2014 - Durham Region Health Department is offering free quit smoking support groups for residents of Durham Region. These group sessions will focus on helping individuals develop the skills needed to quit successfully and stay quit.

The group will be held on Thursdays, March 20 to April 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Oshawa. Additional groups will be offered throughout the year in Port Perry and Ajax. 

“Through the resources offered during the group sessions, 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 Bernadette Riordan, 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 smoking.

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

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


Media Inquiries:
Glendene Collins - Health Department 905-668-7711, ext. 2999