Help for Georgia smokers

Kick the habit for free

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Want to kick the habit? The Georgia Department of Public Health wants to help.

Using grant money from the CDC, the Georgia DPH is offering a free four-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy, while supplies last. The therapy is available as nicotine patches or gum.

According to the Georgia DPH, more than 1.5 million Georgians 18 and older smoke cigarettes. Another 317,000 use smokeless tobacco such as chewing tobacco or snuff. And research shows that tobacco use is increasing among teens and young adults in the state.

Smoking costs Georgians $1.8 billion in direct healthcare costs every year and $3.2 billion in lost productivity.

For the free therapies, call the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line at 1-877-270-STOP (7867), while supplies last.

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