NH DHHS - Division of Public Health Services Supports Residents Quitting Tobacco

New Year Brings 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.

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


For more information about the DHHS Division of Public Health Services or

the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program visit www.dhhs.nh.gov