Monday, November 17, 2008

New programs offers free nicotine patches; State helps veterans quit smoking

State helps veterans quit smoking; New programs offers free nicotine patches

The state is trying to help veterans who want try to quit smoking.

You have what it takes to quit smoking

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has designed a FREE quit-smoking offer especially for veterans.
By calling 1-800-Try-To-Stop, veterans and their families will receive tailored counseling over the phone and, if eligible, a FREE 4-week supply of nicotine patches.
After a simple medical screening over the phone, medically eligible veterans, their families, and survivors will receive a Quit Kit with the patch kits, tips on quitting and informational resources.
This offer will run from November 17, 2008 through June 30, 2009.
Massachusetts veterans smoke at a 33 percent higher rate than the general adult population.*
Smoking is the #1 cause of preventable death and disease in the Commonwealth. Our veterans bear a disproportionate burden from tobacco use. We owe it to our veterans and their families to help them quit smoking and live healthier, longer lives.

The Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services and theMassachusetts Department of Public Health will be giving away nicotine patches to all veterans.

The program includes a free four-week supply of patches and support over the phone from a smokers' help line. The offer starts Monday, November 17, 2008 and will last until June of 2009.

For more information, please call 1-800-TRY-TO-STOP or Visit their website

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