DURHAM -- The Oshawa Generals and Durham Region are working together to promote stop-smoking programs on Weedless Wednesday. January 2010

DURHAM -- The Oshawa Generals and Durham Region are working together to promote stop-smoking programs on Weedless Wednesday. January 2010

DURHAM -- A program starting later this month will help smokers STOP.

Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients is free and provides nicotine replacement therapy to help people as they try to butt out.

For some smokers, the cost of nicotine replacement products is a barrier to quitting, so STOP provides five weeks of NRT to help. NRT helps deal with withdrawal symptoms and has been shown to be an effective way of quitting.

A workshop is being held in Whitby on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The STOP program is conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and is funded by the provincial health ministry.

In addition to NRT, STOP also provides educational material to encourage participants to make broader changes that can improve their health.

To find out if you're eligible to participate and to register, call the Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.