Quitting? Head to your pharmacy for free help, more choices

imageIs butting out one of your New Year’s resolutions? If so, the BC government is making it easier to get the tools you need to quit.

As of January 1, 2016, smokers who want to quit no longer need to call Healthlink BC at 8-1-1 to join the BC Smoking Cessation Program, says Health Minister Terry Lake. Instead, they can join the program and access free nicotine replacement therapy products just by visiting their local pharmacy. Check it out, here.

The program is adding more nicotine replacement choices for people trying to quit. Smokers now have the option of choosing nicotine lozenges or inhalers, as well as nicotine gum and the nicotine skin patch previously paid for by the program.

“We changed the program to make it easier for people who are trying to quit smoking, or trying again,” said Lake. “I have seen friends and family struggle to break their terrible addiction to cigarettes. I hope this improved program helps others avoid the same struggle and the health problems that come from smoking.”

Community pharmacies in every region of BC are ready to help people sign up, starting New Year’s Day.

“We’re happy to help people who want to make 2016 the year they quit smoking,” said Geraldine Vance, CEO of the BC Pharmacy Association. “Community pharmacists are accessible and committed to helping patients live healthier lives.”

 

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