GEORGIA – Officials at the Georgia Department of Public Health are offering Georgians help to quit smoking. They are using grant money form the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to offer four-week supplies of free nicotine replacement therapy. The medication comes in the form of gum and patches. It is available to tobacco users at the age of 18 and up while supplies last. Smoking costs Georgians $1.8 billion in direct health care costs each year said the health department. Jean O’Connor, director of the health department’s health promotion and disease prevention section, says that smoking is the top preventable cause of death in Georgia.
Those interested in quitting can call the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line for the free treatment.