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DHEC to help uninsured SC residents quit smoking

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) -

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Thursday it will now provide free nicotine replacement therapy to uninsured smokers.

According to the announcement, all insured or uninsured South Carolinians who call a tobacco quitline are guaranteed at least one free session with a trained quit coach.

Officials say many callers will be eligible for up to five free sessions, while pregnant smokers can get up to 10 free sessions.

Those who do not have insurance will be able to receive free nicotine replacement therapy, such as gum, lozenges or patches, for free.

Smokers interested in receiving free nicotine replacement therapy should call the SCDHEC tobacco quitline at 1-800-784-8669.

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