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QuitlineNC Offers Nicotine Replacement Therapy at No Cost for a Limited Time

 

Pat McCrory, Governor
Aldona Z. Wos, M.D.,Secretary

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
For Immediate Release
April 5, 2013
Contact: Julie Henry 919-855-4840
julie.henry@dhhs.nc.gov

Raleigh, N.C. – The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is providing extra help for North Carolina tobacco users who want to quit for good. QuitlineNC, the state’s toll-free telephone and online support service to help tobacco users quit, is making nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum or lozenges) available at no cost while supplies last for North Carolina residents who enroll in quit coaching.

“Tobacco use causes serious diseases that shorten life,” said DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos, M.D. “We want to support the efforts of smokers and other tobacco users who choose to take responsibility for their own health by quitting.”

North Carolinians ready to quit smoking may call QuitlineNC at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or visit www.quitlinenc.com to sign up for the over-the-counter medication and support. QuitlineNC telephone service is offered in English and Spanish, with translation services available for other languages.

North Carolina tobacco users can receive a limited supply of free nicotine replacement therapy after they enroll with QuitlineNC for a four-call program. Each enrollee will develop a personalized quit plan with a quit coach. The supply of medication available to each individual varies, depending on insurance coverage, and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Health officials say the combination of Quitline support and medication is a proven way to increase the odds that tobacco users will quit for good.

“Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) has been proven in well-designed research studies to significantly increase quit rates, especially when used in combination with cessation counseling such as QuitlineNC provides,” Wos said.

QuitlineNC has provided North Carolina tobacco users with quit coaching since 2005. More than 23,000 people used the service during 2012.

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