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DHEC helps uninsured smokers quit with free nicotine replacement therapy

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By The Staff

 From release

COLUMBIA - The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is providing free nicotine replacement therapy through its tobacco quitline to smokers who do not have health insurance.

“Many people without health insurance delay using effective aids like nicotine gum or patches to help them quit smoking because they worry about the costs," said Sharon Biggers, director of the agency’s tobacco prevention and control division. 

Biggers said tobacco users who want to kick the habit this year can call the S.C. Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). 

The quitline is open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All South Carolinians, insured or uninsured, who call the quitline are guaranteed at least one free session with a trained quit coach and a referral to local resources. 

An estimated 759,000 South Carolinians smoke cigarettes. 

For every tax dollar spent on smoking cessation programs, South Carolina saves an estimated $5.44 in medical expenses and related costs.

For more information, visit http://www.scdhec.gov/quitforkeeps.