Idaho smoking cessation program sets new record - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Idaho smoking cessation program sets new record

BOISE, Idaho. - The Idaho program that helps smokers kick the habit needs a quick fix.

State Public Health officials say a record number of smokers sought help from Idaho's Project Filter program in March and April to help quit smoking and nicotine addiction.

The heightened demand, which followed an increase in the federal tobacco tax, has depleted funding for the Nicotine Replacement Therapy program. That program provides smokers with a free four-week supply of nicotine patches, gum and lozenges to help quit smoking.

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare officials say funding for the nicotine therapy will resume in the next fiscal year, starting July 1.

Typically, about 1,300 people seek help each month through Project Filter programs. But that total doubled in March and grew to more than 6,300 in April.

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