ATLANTA - Are you a smoker trying to kick the habit? Great news! The Georgia Department of Community Health's (DCH) Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program are now offering Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) for Georgia Quit Line users. NRT participants will be able to obtain nicotine gum or patches at no cost to help kick the habit of smoking.
"Research indicates that most smokers make 10 to 14 attempts before they can actually quit and resist the nicotine addiction," said Dr. Kimberly Redding, Director of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs. "Georgians who are serious about quitting and need assistance should call the Georgia Quit Line to see if they qualify for nicotine replacement therapy."
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, claiming the lives of more than 10,000 Georgians each year. Half of all Americans who continue to smoke will die from tobacco-related diseases. Quitting smoking dramatically reduces a person's chance of suffering from smoking-related diseases.
Uninsured adults, ages 18 and older, may be eligible to receive NRT at no cost provided that they enroll in the Quit Line Multiple Call Program and have no medical exclusion. The NRT program is available on a first-come, first-served basis for residents of the following public health districts:
North Central (Macon)
To find out which Public Health District your county is located in visit http://health.state.ga.us/regional/index.asp
For more information about NRT medications, contact your local health department or the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line at 1-877-270-STOP (7867).
About the Georgia Quit Line
The Georgia Quit Line provides free counseling, a resource library, and support and referral services for tobacco users ages 13 and older. Callers have the opportunity to speak with health care professionals who develop a unique plan for each individual.