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Friday, June 10, 2011

N.J. to help smokers kick habit with free nicotine replacement treatments

The state Department of Health and Senior Services is trying to help smokers kick the butts.

The department is now offering free nicotine replacement treatment -- such as patches and gum -- to help tobacco users quit the habit.

The goal is to get smokers to register with the NJ Quitline, by pledging to five or more counseling sessions.

"This is a way to drive smokers to a program we know works," said Mary O'Dowd, the commissioner of health.

The new program is mostly funded by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some extra funding was provided by the state's Tobacco Age of Sale Enforcement program. About 600 quit-smoking kits have been distributed already, and supplies are limited, O'Dowd added.

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