State Offers Nicotine Addicts Free Help

A state health department spokeswoman says people who want to kick the tobacco habit have a much better chance of success if they plan ahead and have tools and medication at the ready.

Kim Deti of the Wyoming Department of Health said nicotine replacement gum is also good, or patches, combined with some sort of coaching or similar support.

“Most people know,” she said, “that smoking or chewing tobacco is a poor choice for their health … we want them to know that we will help them when they're ready to quit.”

She said the state health department got involved with tobacco cessation several years ago, and at this point, clients of the state's Quit Tobacco program who qualify can receive free nicotine replacement therapy.

The program will also cover a significant portion of the costs of prescription medications meant to help people quit. Phone or online support is also available at no cost to state residents.

To sign up, go to www.quitwyo.org; or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

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