Help Patients Quit for Good with Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy

July 13, 2017

As advertisers have proven time and again, the thought of getting something for nothing truly can motivate behavior. It follows that this same principle can be applied to health, specifically smoking cessation. That’s why Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) is proud to promote free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) as part of its newly launched cessation campaign called Done My Way. The campaign’s associated website is Spokane’s first repository that lists all the great cessation resources available from local, state and national partners.

Free NRT gum and patches are listed on the site for uninsured and underinsured smokers who want to quit, if they participate in a short online program through Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS) and Providence Health & Services called Quit for Good – Tobacco Cessation Program. It’s a free, virtual four-week cessation class designed to help people have long-term success in quitting tobacco. INHS provides a two-week supply of NRT for attendance at Quit for Good sessions 2, 3, and 4, equating to six-weeks total of cessation efforts.

If a patient is interested in attending INHS’s Quit for Good, providers can help them get connected to INHS through the following ways:

Providers who are counseling patients to quit can share all cessation resources by visiting www.donemyway.org and downloading the full list, which range in effectiveness and cost. There is no one way to quit smoking and one size doesn’t fit all, but a combination of NRT and counseling is most effective. Helping patients take advantage of INHS’s Quit for Good class and free gum or patch might be the trick to helping patients quit for good.

With questions about the campaign or the Tobacco, Vaping, and Marijuana Prevention Program at SRHD, please contact Paige McGowan, program coordinator, at pmcgowan@srhd.org or 509.324.1504.