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NH Division of Public Health Services Supports Residents Quitting Tobacco in the New Year with Free Nicotine Replacement Patches

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

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