Help to Quit Smoking Now Available Statewide

Help to Quit Smoking Now Available Statewide

Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Uninsured Adults in Georgia

 

ATLANTA –The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is expanding its efforts to
help Georgians quit smoking and stop using tobacco products. Beginning today, with
grant money from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DPH is offering a
four-week supply of free Nicotine Replacement Therapy to all uninsured Georgia
tobacco users aged 18 and older. Along with the American Cancer Society and the
Great American Smokeout, DPH is urging Georgians to quit smoking for a day and
eventually for life.

More than 1.5 million Georgians aged 18 and older smoke cigarettes. Another 315,000
adults in Georgia use some form of smokeless tobacco like chewing tobacco, snuff, or
snus. And recent data shows that tobacco use is increasing among Georgia teens and
young adults putting even more lives at risk for cancer. Smoking costs Georgians $1.8
billion in direct healthcare costs every year and $3.2 billion in lost productivity.
“Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death in Georgia,” says Kimberly
Redding, M.D., director of the Health Promotion & Disease Prevention section in the
Georgia Department of Public Health. “Every year in Georgia, more than 10,000 people
die from smoke related illnesses – that’s more than from alcohol, cocaine and heroin,
AIDS, murders, suicides, auto accidents and fires combined.”
The free Nicotine Replacement Therapy medication comes in the form of patches and
gum. Uninsured Georgians who use tobacco and are ready to quit, can contact the
Georgia Tobacco Quit Line at 1-877-270-STOP (7867) for the free therapies. The
Georgia Tobacco Quit Line provides free and confidential, professional tobacco
cessation telephone and web-based counseling to all Georgia tobacco users ages 13

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