Kentucky ranks second in nation with most adult smokers
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 22, 2015) — Free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products will be available to Kentuckians who call Quit Now Kentucky beginning April 27 through May 10, the Kentucky Department for Public Health announced today. Callers must enroll in the cessation program with a trained coach and be qualified as medically-eligible to receive the free medication.
Kentucky has the second highest rates of tobacco use in the nation among adults, at 26.5 percent. Also, 18 percent of high school students smoke and 22 percent of Kentucky women smoke during pregnancy.
DPH will provide callers with a starter supply of NRT to help them quit smoking for good, while supplies last. Adults and youth as young as 15 can access the quit coaching services provided through 1-800-QuitNow (1-800-784-8669) or visiting www.QuitNowKentucky.org.
The American Cancer Society estimates that 25 to 33 percent of smokers that use nicotine replacement therapy can stay smoke-free for over six months.