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
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