Many states have taxpayer-funded programs to help people quit smoking with nicotine replacement therapies such as the nicotine patch. Minnesota has a state-run program called QuitPlan that allows eligible residents to receive a free two-week starter pack of nicotine patches, gum or lozenges for free.
Massachusetts also runs a similar program called QuitWorks. Eligible respondents are entitled to a free two-week supply of nicotine patches when enrolled in Smoker's Helpline counseling services. The Colorado QuitLine is a free online service available to residents of Colorado offering free nicotine patches. Similar programs exist in other states such as New Jersey and Washington. Smokers who want to quit should contact their specific state's stop smoking helpline to check if free nicotine patches are available.