The Nebraska Tobacco Quitline is offering a free, two-week supply of nicotine replacement gum, patches or lozenges, while supplies last.
To take advantage of the deal, a smoker has to call the 1-800-QUIT-NOW hotline, enroll in the program, and complete one coaching session.
Amanda Mortensen is the program manager of Tobacco Free Nebraska in the Department of Health and Human Services.
She says this is a good way to start the new year.
“A lot of people really want to try to quit smoking, so we have some really great resources through the program that are available for anyone interested in quitting,” Mortensen tells Nebraska Radio Network.
The Quitline provides free, confidential support and counseling, and works with smokers to develop a personalized quit plan.
“Having a great resource, like the Quitline, is just a way to reduce those barriers to getting help quitting and making it easier for folks and getting some support for them,” she says.
1-800-QUIT-NOW is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in more than 170 languages.
Quitting cold turkey is hard, so Mortensen says many smokers need help.
“Talk with your healthcare provider about the different resources,” she suggests. “Maybe there’s medication that’s right for you. You can also go to QuitNow.NE.gov and we have a list of in-person cessation classes we know about that are happening across the state and there are also some online resources.”
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:45]