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Smoking cessation therapy free to uninsured Georgians

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The Georgia Department of Public Health has expanded its efforts to help Georgians quit smoking and stop using tobacco products.

The health department is offering a four-week supply of free Nicotine Replacement Therapy to uninsured Georgia tobacco users ages 18 and older. The therapy began being offered on Nov. 16 with grant money from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More than 1.5 million Georgians aged 18 and older smoke cigarettes and  315,000 adults in Georgia use some form of smokeless tobacco, according to the Georgia Dept. of Public Health. 

"Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death in Georgia," said Kimberly Redding, M.D., director of the Health Promotion & Disease Prevention section in the Georgia Department of Public Health, in a statement. "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 comes in the form of patches and gum.

Uninsured Georgians who use tobacco and want to quit, can call the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line at 877.270.STOP to get the free therapies.

The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line is free and confidential and offers telephone and web-based counseling from smoking cessation to all Georgia tobacco users ages 13 and older including pregnant and postpartum women.

More tobacco cessation resources are available at the Georgia Department of Public Health's Live Healthy Georgia website: http://www.livehealthygeorgia.org/peoplesmokefree.shtml.

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