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Get Extra Help Quitting Smoking this Fall: Free Nicotine Patches Available for Northern Kentucky Residents

Monday, September 30, 2013

Northern Kentucky residents who try to quit smoking using Quit Now Kentucky’s resources now have an extra incentive: Residents of Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties are eligible to receive two weeks of free nicotine replacement patches when they enroll in Quit NOW Kentucky’s  services.
Quit Now Kentucky is a free tobacco cessation service to help Kentuckians quit smoking or using tobacco products. Quit Now Kentucky features proactive telephone coaching, web-based services and text messaging.

To use services provided by Quit Now Kentucky, simply call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. EST Monday through Sunday or log on to http://www.QuitNowKentucky.org. Doctors can also enroll patients online or by fax.

Quit Now Kentucky offers:

Participants who use Quit Now Kentucky will receive one intake call, a quit kit including the two weeks of free nicotine replacement patches, up to five scheduled coaching calls (nine for pregnant smokers), and unlimited inbound calls as part of their quit attempt.

Quit Now Kentucky serves all Kentuckians 15 years of age and older.

People who use medications to quit smoking are more than twice as likely to quit smoking than people who do not use medications to help them quit, according to research published in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Nearly 8,000 Kentuckians die each year because of tobacco-related diseases. Eighty-five percent of all lung cancers are caused by cigarette smoking, and Kentucky leads the nation in lung cancer deaths. Smoking is a major risk factor for the four leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, stroke and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or (COPD).

The benefits of quitting smoking can start immediately. Smokers who are able to quit successfully can reduce their chance of heart attack, stroke and cancers of the lung, mouth, throat and esophagus.

For more information on Quit Now Kentucky, please visit http://www.nkyhealth.org/quitnow.aspx

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