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Division of Public Health Services Supports Residents Quitting Tobacco in the New Year with Free Nicotine Replacement Patches
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Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
Publish Date:
December 16, 2014

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.

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. Although 16.2% of New Hampshire adults currently smoke, there are more former smokers (31%) in New Hampshire. Planning ahead to quit tobacco use 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.

"Making a quit plan for the New Year can be a step toward a successful quit," said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. "And quitting with both counseling and nicotine replacement therapy will increase the odds of a successful quit. The Department currently offers free tobacco treatment counseling and nicotine replacement patches to residents who call 1-800-QUIT-NOW and are eligible."

To be eligible for the free patches, residents must be at least 18 years old, be ready to quit within 30 days, be willing to participate in free telephone counseling, and be screened for safe use of the patch. There are more former smokers in the United States—nearly 50 million—than current smokers. Planning ahead can help make your healthy resolution a reality. For inspiration, look to successful quitters. Beatrice, a busy mother of two boys, shared her quit story in CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/resources/videos/beatrice-videos.html.

For more information about the DHHS Division of Public Health Services or the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program visit http://www.dhhs.nh.gov.

 
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