Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is offering free nicotine replacement therapy, in the form of the patch, to New Hampshire residents who want to quit smoking or chewing tobacco in the New Year. The patch is being offered in connection with the hard-hitting media campaign, Dear Me New Hampshire, currently on the air and featuring real New Hampshire residents who are trying to quit.
For those whose New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking, they are in good company. It is a popular goal and many, many people succeed. There are more former smokers in New Hampshire—almost 32% of adults—than current smokers. Planning ahead can help make this healthy resolution a reality. Two good resources to help people quit are www.TryToStopNH.org and 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), where any resident can get free advice, counseling, support, and while supplies last, free patches.
“Now is the time to quit smoking,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “Quitting with both counseling and nicotine replacement therapy will increase the odds of a successful quit. Encouraging people to think about the reasons they have for quitting tobacco is a positive motivational force to get them to attempt to quit. The Department currently offers free tobacco treatment counseling and nicotine replacement patches to residents who call 1-800-QUIT-NOW and qualify.”
To qualify for the free patches, residents must be at least 18 years old, be willing to participate in free telephone counseling, and be screened for safe use of the patch. For inspiration in quitting, residents are encouraged to look to successful quitters. Watch inspiring recordings of people reading their Dear Me letters, read compelling letters, support other people who are trying to quit, and join the Facebook page, Dear Me New Hampshire at the NH Tobacco Helpline’s website, www.TryToStopNH.org. The Helpline provides no-cost counseling and encouragement for quitting tobacco use to all New Hampshire residents. According to the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey, 60% of adults who smoke report wanting to quit.
For more information about the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services or the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program visit www.dhhs.nh.gov.