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Gateway Helps Make Quitting Easier

The PA Free Quitline is now offering up to 8 weeks of FREE nicotine patches and FREE cessation counseling to smokers in Pennsylvania. Smokers who are ready to quit should call:  1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Smokers who use quit aids, like nicotine patches and counseling, are twice as likely to quit for good. Since 2010, the Quitline has helped over 15,000 Pennsylvanians make a quit attempt. Up to one-third of these participants were smoke-free 6 months after receiving Quitline services.

Current smokers who are 18 years of age or older and who live in Pennsylvania are eligible. Other restrictions may apply.

Encourage smokers you know to quit with help and quit for good.  Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW. Additional information is also available at DPW’s website: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/smoke_free/14315/tobacco_p rvention_and_control_programs_home/557661

How Do Nicotine Patches Work?

To help combat those awful withdrawal symptoms, nicotine patches are absorbed through the skin and provide smokers with a gradual and controlled amount of nicotine. The user places the small, flexible patch on a hair-free area of the body, such as the upper-arm or trunk, and the patch release nicotine throughout the day.

The purpose of the nicotine patch is that the body adjusts to lower nicotine levels as the amount of nicotine decreases in amount until the user is nicotine-free. Nicotine patches are over-the-counter medications available at a variety of different retailers.

To get medicines to help you stop smoking, call Member Services at 1-800-392-1147 to schedule an appointment.