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DHHS Promotes Quitting Tobacco in the New Year
Free Nicotine Replacement Patches if Ready to Quit in 30 Days
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Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
Publish Date:
December 30, 2015

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. Residents can receive the patch by calling the NH Tobacco Helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visiting

In order to promote the services of the NH Tobacco Helpline, DPHS is running a statewide media campaign, Tips From Former Smokers. The campaign was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to encourage smokers to quit. It features real people who are suffering negative health consequences from using tobacco—these people want to share their "tips" to prevent young people from ever using tobacco and to help motivate others to quit tobacco use.

"We hope that the Tips ads will motivate people to make a quit plan for the New Year," said Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of DHHS Division of Public Health Services. "Quitting with both counseling and nicotine replacement therapy will increase the odds of a successful quit. The Department currently offers free nicotine replacement patches to New Hampshire residents who are ready to quit in 30 days and who take advantage of the free telephone counseling."

Making a New Year's resolution to quit smoking is a popular goal—3 out of 5 current smokers in New Hampshire may be planning ahead to quit tobacco this year. Join them and let the Helpline Quit Coaches help make this healthy resolution a reality with free patches, tobacco treatment counseling, and mobile services such as an online community of quitters and text messaging.

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. Planning ahead can help make your healthy resolution a reality. For inspiration, look to successful quitters, such as Beatrice, a busy mother of two boys, who shared her quit story and is featured in the New Hampshire Tips campaign: Movie File.

For more information about the DHHS Division of Public Health Services or the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program visit

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