Tobacco Free Allegheny, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Allegheny County Health Department, is offering free nicotine replacement therapy kits to help people quit smoking or stop using smokeless tobacco.
A four-week supply of nicotine patches can be obtained, while supplies last, through the Pennsylvania Department of Health's Free Quitline at 1-800-784-8669.
Quit coaches ask callers if they are ready to set a quit date and whether they have any medical condition that would rule out the safe use of nicotine patches. In addition, participants will be enrolled in a series of free tobacco counseling sessions.
While it takes most tobacco users an average of five to eight attempts before they quit, nicotine replacement therapy with counseling increases the likelihood someone will be successful in their attempt to go tobacco free.
Additional information about the state's tobacco cessation resources is available at www.DeterminedTo Quit.com. The website offers guidance on developing a quit plan, video blogs of people sharing their own stories about quitting, as well as information for friends and family members who wish to support their loved one's attempt to quit.