Free Nicotine Patches and Gum for NYers Who Want to Quit Smoking

The New York City health department is giving away nicotine patches and gum beginning today through March 24 as part of the annual Nicotine Patch and Gum Program.

According to the agency, 7,200 New Yorkers will die this year because of cigarettes.

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has an entire network devoted to helping New Yorkers quit smoking, called NYC Quits. Like the group on Facebook ( to connect with the 5,000-plus fans who have built up the quit-smoking support system.

You can call 311 for the nicotine patches and gum. And for more help to quit smoking, head to and type in "NYC Quits."

The Health Department has been distributed nicotine patches and gum to about 250,000 New Yorkers since 2003. The agency says the giveaway has enabled an estimated 82,000 to quit.

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