HALIBURTON, ON – Smoking is considered one of the hardest habits to quit, but those willing to butt out are getting all the help they need.

The Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPRDHU) said in a release that the Smokers’ Helpline is offering free nicotine patches and gum to everyone in Ontario. They will also provide $10 in coupons for more quitting products.

“The nicotine patches and gum are free and can pay off handsomely in helping people break free from tobacco use,” Karen Taylor, a public health nurse with the HKPRDHU said. “Research shows that nicotine patches and gum can help people quit for good, so we encourage people to contact the Smokers’ Helpline to order their packages.”

Taylor added that quitting permanently can take multiple attempts. She said anyone who hasn’t been successful at quitting in the past should try again, especially when it is free.

Smokers’ Helpline also provides free support and information about quitting, along with the dangers of tobacco use. The service is provided by the Canadian Cancer Society and can be reached on its website.

The offer for free products is only available until November.

Local residents can get support from the Health Unit by calling 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2240.