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Smoking cessation program offered in Pa.

February 27, 2012

"Quit for Love" is part of a campaign offering free nicotine patches and counseling, and reminding residents of the local resources available to aid them in their attempt to quit smoking.

Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) patches are available as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Health's annual "Quit for Love" Campaign. Launched on Feb. 14, this outreach effort is designed to encourage tobacco users to consider quitting the use of tobacco products for the ones they love.

Individuals interested in receiving a free NRT kit must call the Pennsylvania Free Quitline at 800-QUIT NOW (800-784-8669). Quit coaches will ask callers if they are ready to set a quit date and have any medical conditions that would rule out the safe use of nicotine patches. Callers will then enroll in a series of free tobacco counseling sessions. The NRT packets will be mailed to them after they complete their first counseling session. The kits will be offered for approximately six to eight weeks, while supplies last.

Quit for Love takes place yearly and lasts from six to eight weeks or as long as patches are available.

For more about cessation resources in your area, call 717-541-5864, ext. 24, or go to www.lunginfo.org or www.determinedtoquit.com.

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