Sites such as MakeSmokingHistory.org and ReadyToStopSmoking.org offer free nicotine replacement therapy starter kits to help smokers quit, which include nicotine replacement patches. Some state or county health agencies offer free nicotine patches to qualifying residents, as so certain health care providers.
A nicotine replacement patch is a type of smoking cessation and rehabilitation tool that helps smokers decrease dependency and addition to nicotine, a key component in cigarettes. Each patch contains a topical nicotine substance that is absorbed through the skin and helps soothe the smokers cravings for cigarettes. Many health service providers and agencies offer programs to provide these patches to smokers because of the costly health risked associated with the habit.