Published on April 28, 2015

Smoking cessation getting a push in Kentucky

Kentucky smokers wanting to quit will have access to some extra help in the coming weeks, as the state will make nicotine replacement products available for free to those who call tobacco quit-lines.

On Monday, the Kentucky Department of Health began making the nicotine replacement products (such as nicotine patches or gum), to eligible callers who make use of the 1-800-QUIT-NOW line or visit The free products will be available through May 10, 2015.

A free starter supply of products is available to those who meet the following criteria:

  • Ages 15 and up
  • Enrolled in the cessation program with a trained coach
  • Medically eligible to receive free medication

Calling the quitline is free and callers can receive assistance in multiple languages. For more information about these programs, visit

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