Pack-a-day smokers in New Jersey spend about $2,912 annually on their habit — and the state is trying to get them to quit. The state Department of Health and Senior Services recently expanded its free nicotine replacement therapy program, which allows Garden State smokers to get gum, patches and free counseling sessions — while supplies last. (Update: Although supplies are currently exhausted, the state will still work with individuals who want to quit smoking.)
To enroll, smokers must call the state’s NJ Quitline, at 1-866-NJSTOPS. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those who use Quitline services are 60 percent more likely to succeed than those who go it alone.