The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) says it will now make nicotine replacement therapy free to smokers in the state who do not have insurance through the agency.
South Carolinians who call their line, 1-800-QUIT-NOW, will get one free session with a quit coach, and direction to local help.
Some of the products they offer for uninsured callers are nicotine replacement gum, lozenges, or patches.
According to DHEC, an estimated 759,000 South Carolinians are smokers. They report that for each dollar spent on the quitting sessions, $5.44 is saved in medical expenses.