- Associated Press - Saturday, January 2, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services is offering free nicotine replacement therapy in the form of a patch to residents who want to quit smoking or chewing tobacco.

The offering is part of a statewide media campaign called Tips from Former Smokers. The campaign was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to encourage smokers to quit. It features people who are suffering negative health consequences from using tobacco who 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 the department’s Division of Public Health Services.

The department is offering free nicotine replacement patches to residents who are ready to quit in 30 days.

Residents must be at least 18 and be willing to participate in free telephone counseling. They also must be screened for safe use of the patch.

“Quitting with both counseling and nicotine replacement therapy will increase the odds of a successful quit,” Bobinsky said.

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

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Online: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/resources/videos/beatrice-videos.html


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