, Kingston, NH


January 2, 2014

Now is the Time to Quit

CONCORD —The  New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is offering free nicotine replacement  therapy,  in the form of the patch, to New Hampshire residents who  want  to quit smoking or chewing tobacco in the New Year. The patch is being offered in connection with the hard-hitting media campaign, Dear Me New Hampshire, currently on the air and featuring real New Hampshire residents who are trying to quit.

For those whose New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking, they are in good company. It is a popular goal and many, many people succeed. There are more former smokers in New Hampshire—almost 32% of adults—than current smokers. Planning ahead can help make this healthy resolution a reality. Two good resources to help people quit are and 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), where any resident can get free advice, counseling, support, and while supplies last, free patches.

“Now is the time to quit smoking,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS.  “Quitting with both counseling and nicotine replacement   therapy will increase the odds of a successful quit. Encouraging people to think about the reasons they have for quitting tobacco is a positive motivational force to get them to attempt to quit. The Department currently offers free tobacco treatment counseling and nicotine replacement patches to residents who call 1-800-QUIT-NOW and qualify.”

To qualify for the free patches, residents must be at least 18 years old, be willing to participate in free telephone counseling, and be screened for safe use of the patch.  For inspiration in quitting, residents are encouraged to look to successful quitters. Watch inspiring recordings of people reading their Dear Me letters, read compelling letters, support other people who are trying to quit, and join the Facebook page, Dear Me New Hampshire at the NH Tobacco Helpline’s website,

The Helpline provides no-cost counseling and encouragement for quitting tobacco use to all New Hampshire residents.  According to the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey, 60% of adults who smoke report wanting to quit.

For more information about the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services or   the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, visit

Text Only

New England News
  • Charles Anthony "Chuck" Carnival, 79

    Jackson, MS — Charles Anthony “Chuck” Carnival, 79, formerly of Raymond, N.H., passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss.

    Continued ...
    1 day 1 Photo
  • Francis M. Lurvey, 76

    Bar Harbor, ME — Francis M. Lurvey passed away Sunday, June 22, in Bar Harbor, Maine, after battling cancer. By his side were his sons, Edwin Lurvey and Steven Lurvey and his niece and husband, Debra and Richard Carey, as well as cousin, Marion McDonald. He was the son of Edwin R Lurvey (Bar Harbor) and Delia Amazeen (Dexter). He is survived by five children, a stepson, and their families. His sons, Edwin and wife April, Steven and wife, Pam, David and his daughter, Meghan, as well as his daughters, Lorraine and Ellen and her husband, Paul DiScipio with daughters, Katherine and Julia, and his stepson, Brian Faulkner and wife, Jody with children, Trevor, Rachel, and Keith. He is also survived by his sister, Sheryl, and many nieces and nephews including Frank Lurvey and Elaine Langer. Francis was predeceased by his twin brother, Frank, as well as his brothers, Edwin and Erwin. He was also predeceased by his longtime companion, Brian and Edwin’s mother, Maureen Faulkner and former wife, Roberta Lurvey Gilmore.

    Continued ...
    8 days 1 Photo
  • Norman R. Cote

    Atkinson, NH — Norman R. Cote, of Atkinson, was called to his heavenly home on June 16, 2014, following a period of declining health.

    Continued ...
    8 days
  • Frederick M. Hopper, 64

    Epping, NH — Frederick Michael Hopper, of Epping, N.H., passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 15, 2014. Predeceased by his wife, Alice Hopper, he is survived by his longtime girlfriend, Joann Peatfield; daughters, Shay Belair and Jayne Pond; sons-in-law, Adam Belair and James Pond; mother, Arlene Hopper; father and stepmother, Frederick S. and Barbara Hopper; siblings, Susan Hardy, Stephan Hopper, Scott Hopper, and Sherri Chagnon; grandsons, Benjamin Belair, Jonathan Belair and Jackson Pond; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Continued ...
    15 days 1 Photo
  • Edna Twombly, 93

    The Villages, FL — Edna M. (Lougee) Twombly, 93, passed away peacefully on May 28, 2014, at Cornerstone Hospice House, in The Villages, Fla. Daughter, Kathy, and son-in-law, Dennis Francoeur, were at her side.

    Continued ...
    22 days