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Free nicotine patches and gum available to Washington Tobacco Quitline callers

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Washington residents who are ready to quit smoking can now receive at least two weeks of free nicotine patches or gum if they call the state Tobacco Quitline in May or June.

People without health insurance can also get eight weeks of nicotine replacement therapy, up from the usual four.

Washington state residents on Medicaid are already eligible for a 12 week supply.

Along with the free nicotine gum or patch, quitline callers get personalized help from a quit coach, free follow up calls, and a free Quit Kit in the mail.

Calling the quitline can double a person’s chances of quitting, says the Washington State Department of Health, and more  than 160,000 people have called the state quitline since it opened over 10 years ago.

QuitLine and other state anti-smoking initiatives are credited with helping reduce smoking among adults in  Washingtonby about a third since 2000.

This special nicotine patch and gum offer ends June 30, 2011, or when supplies are gone, so people who are ready to quit should call soon.

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