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For Immediate Release
Monday, January 20, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. | Windsor-Essex County

National Non-Smoking Week takes place the third week of January each year and focuses on helping people quit and preventing people from starting to smoke. This year, between January 19th and 25th the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) is highlighting stories from former smokers who have successfully quit. Through the Start Your Quit Story Facebook page, former smokers have been sharing their personal stories about quitting smoking so that others can learn and can have the same success in becoming smoke-free. Residents can find videos, tips for quitting, and a place to share your story and provide support to others on the Start Your Quit Story Facebook page.  

The Health Unit wants to remind residents that although quitting smoking can be difficult, it is possible. According to Ashley Kirby, Health Promotion Specialist at WECHU, there are a number of success stories that those struggling to quit can learn from, “many of the challenges faced by those who are trying to quit have been experienced before,” Kirby explains, “by sharing the stories of people who have been successful in quitting, we hope to show residents that these types of challenges can be overcome and that there are supports available to them." These types of supports include free individual or group counselling, access to free nicotine replacement therapy products (like the patch or gum), and telephone-based support from Telehealth Ontario.

For more information on this campaign or to learn what supports are available for you to quit, WECHU recommends contacting their office at 519-258-2146 ext. 3100 or visiting

Media Contact:
Communications Department
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
519-258-2146 ext. 6397 (NEWS)

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