As of 2015, some states distribute free starter kits that include nicotine patches or gum samples. Request a free kit online or by calling a state quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. The program provides users access to trained coaches with information about quitting. SmokeFree.gov also provides free help to speak with an expert via live chat about obtaining information to quit smoking.
A quitline is a free tobacco cessation service sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. When signing up to receive a free starter kit, some states might ask medical questions to see if you require a doctor’s approval. All information provided during the call is confidential and is used to help create a quitting plan that works for you. Most kits are sent by mail and some state quitlines only provide two free kits per year.
Nicotine chewing gum works by providing nicotine to the body to help decrease the symptoms of urging to smoke. Users should follow the directions on the package or as recommended by a doctor. The gum should never be swallowed or used more or less than directed. Users should stop using the gum after 12 weeks of use, and talk to a doctor if smoking cravings continue. Nicotine gum is not intended for users who are pregnant or under 18 years old.