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Smokers help line swamped

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     The Lung Association of Ontario also has a helpful site: www.on.lung.ca/nosmoking/tips.
     Caroline Parks of Smokers Anonymous said she received a few calls after the provincial announcement, but none of the callers appeared at a meeting.
     "The shock waves haven't settled yet," she said.  "They're oblivious.  They're trying to pretend it's not there."
     Parks also noted that summer, with its outdoor barbecue-and-beer get togethers, is the most difficult time of year to quit.
     A former nurse, Parks has run the non-profit group for seven years and has an average of 20 members, all of who used her upbeat, positive thinking philosophy to help them quit.
     "We catastrophize quitting," she said. "There's the fear of how hard it's going to be."
     The group meets every Wednesday at Bethany Missionary church at Lancaster and chapel streets at 7 p.m. Or call 578-6681.
     The regional health department's help line for smoking cessation has not received additional calls, but staff expect smokers will take a couple of weeks to get serious.  The help line can be reached at 883-2279

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