Dec 31, 2015 12:06 PM

NH health officials offering free nicotine patches for 2016

CONCORD - To encourage a healthier 2016, state health officials are offering free nicotine patches for residents who want to quit smoking or chewing tobacco.

Residents can receive the nicotine replacement therapy, offered as patches, by calling the New Hampshire Tobacco Helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visiting thewebsiteto speak with helpline quit coaches.

Participants can also take advantage of an online community of quitters.

Public Health Services is spreading the word with Tips From Former Smokers, that offers advice from ex-smokers encouraging current smokers to quit.

Created by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the campaign features real people with advice on how to quit for good.

To receive patches, residents must be 18 years old, ready to quit within 30 days and willing to join free phone counseling. Participants also need to be screened for safe use of the patch.

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