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Free nicotine replacement offer extended by Iowa Dept. of Public Health

DES MOINES – Last month, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced free nicotine replacement therapy (patches and gum) would be available through Quitline. “We are happy to announce an extension of this offer – four weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) will now be available through Quitline through December 31, 2013,” said IDPH Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Division Director Meghan O’Brien. “We saw a tremendous response to the free NRT last month and continuing to provide this tool will help many more Iowans who have made the decision to be tobacco-free.” Funding approved by the legislature and signed by Governor Branstad has allowed the extension of the NRT offer.

July marks the five-year anniversary of Iowa’s Smokefree Air Act. The landmark legislation prohibits smoking in almost all public places and enclosed areas within employment, as well as some outdoor areas. Since the Smokefree Air Act was passed, IDPH has continued to work towards reduced tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke. Quitline has been one of the most important tools offered by IDPH to smokers who want to quit, and providing free NRT has historically spurred large increase in call volume to the help line. IDPH supports tobacco-free living in many other ways as well.

In April, IDPH launched a Smoke-Free Homes web site to provide education and awareness of the benefits of living in housing free of second-hand smoke exposure. Iowa Students for Tobacco Education and Prevention (I-STEP) is Iowa’s youth-led tobacco prevention movement, which actively reaches out through social media to encourage young adults to be tobacco-free. IDPH’s efforts to reduce tobacco use also include partnerships with the Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Commission, the Healthiest State Initiative, Blue Zones, Iowa Community Transformation grantees, American Lung Association, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and more. Information on all these programs and partnerships may be found


To sign up for the four weeks of free NRT or to learn about other tools to quit smoking, including Internet-based coaching, visit www.quitlineiowa.orgor call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

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Smokers = LOSERS

A program like this is not FREE!!!! I, the taxpayer, pay for it.

You also pay the salaries of about 1/3 of the entire population.

It’s about time they did something useful with those millions of dollars they have collected from tobacco and the taxes they have taken from the people who can least afford it. All they have done so far is put on scary infomercials that no one watched anyway.

I would advise all people not just smokers to get free drugs. Nicotine can make you concentrate and improve mental performance and it’s hard to get addicted if you don’t smoke cigs which are designed to hook a person with added chemicals.

You are truly nuts. I quit smoking 27 years ago and I still crave nicotine. I quit with Nicorette and quitting them was worse than giving up cigarettes. Once I started chewing the gum, I no longer reached for a cigarette. It was the nicotine I was addicted to. I’ve always said that if I get a terminal disease, the first thing I will do is buy a box of Nicorettes because I miss them that badly. Don’t encourage people to use nicotine. It’s a bad drug that is terribly addictive!

I see, you are officially classified as an ADDICT. You are simply a drug addict. An admitted drug addict.

It’s sad because nicotine by itself is not very harmful in low doses and has been doctor recommended even for some members of the over 65 club. Smoking is bad for ypu because of all the chemicals associated with burning tobacco, not the nicotine.

You are such a uniformed drug addict and evil and mean human being.

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