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The DeKalb County Board of Health Expands Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy Treatment
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The DeKalb County Board of Health Expands Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy Treatment

Decatur – Do you smoke cigarettes or chew tobacco?  Have you thought about quitting, or tried to quit?  The good news is that among current adult smokers in the United States, approximately 70 percent report that they want to quit completely and have attempted to quit. In DeKalb County, two out of every five deaths are tobacco related.

To improve the health of DeKalb families, free tobacco cessation medication support is being offered.  The DeKalb County Board of Health is excited about intensifying efforts to support Georgia families. The Board of Health now offers free Nicotine Replacement Therapy support administered through the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line at 1-877-270-STOP to uninsured adult callers living in DeKalb County.  Uninsured adults ages 18 and older are eligible to obtain free nicotine patches or gum to assist with tobacco use cessation.

Regardless of insurance status, the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line provides free and confidential, evidence-based professional counseling tailored for tobacco users ages 13 and older including pregnant women. Georgia adults who use tobacco are also encouraged to speak to their physician, pharmacist or nurse about safe and effective treatment options to assist with tobacco use cessation.

For more information about nicotine replacement therapy, contact the DeKalb County Board of Health or the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line at 1-877-270-STOP (7867). 

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