NJ Expands Stop Smoking Program

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TRENTON –The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services has expanded and extended its free nicotine replacement therapy program. Quit smoking patches or nicotine replacement gum are available to any New Jersey smoker, age 18 and over, while supplies last.

To take advantage of this offer, smokers must enroll with the New Jersey Quitline by calling 1-866-NJSTOPS. Enrolled smokers will receive an eight-week supply of free nicotine replacement therapy and up to five free counseling sessions with a quit smoking coach.

NJ Quitline is a free, confidential and multilingual telephone-based counseling and referral service for smokers who are ready to quit smoking. Highly trained Quit Coaches® are available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. The Quit Coach works with each client to develop an individualized treatment plan including the use of nicotine replacement therapy, customized support, and follow-up. According to the Centers for Disease Control, using Quitline services are 60 percent more effective than trying to quit smoking without assistance.

For more information on how the NJ Quitline service works, visit www.njquitline.org.

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