QuitlineNC, the state's toll-free telephone and online support service to help tobacco users quit, is offering free nicotine replacement patches, gum or lozenges to North Carolina residents who sign up for four telephone coaching sessions.
In Mecklenburg County, 146 tobacco users signed up for "quit coaching" last month.
“We want to support the efforts of smokers and other tobacco users who choose to take responsibility for their own health by quitting,” said Dr. Aldona Wos, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
To sign up for the over-the-counter medicine and support, call QuitlineNC, 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), or visit www.quitlinenc.com.
Each enrollee will develop a personalized "quit plan" with a "quit coach." The supply of medication available to each individual varies, depending on insurance coverage, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.