News Quit Smoking Helpline SHARE ON: Rick Lowes, staff Wednesday, Jan. 20th, 2016 The government of Ontario is offering support to the province’s 2-million smokers to help them quit. This comes at a time when the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is recognizing National Non-Smoking Week. The provincial government says there are resources available to smokers, including access to a Quit Coach through the Smokers’ Helpline. The goal is to create a personalized quit plan that works for the individual. The province says though the smoke rate has dropped to 17 per cent from 25 per cent in 2000, one in two smokers will still die from related illnesses. The province says it results in about $2.2 billion dollars in direct health care costs each year. For more information on the hotline, go to smokers-helpline-dot-ca.