With its free quit smoking program, the government of British Columbia (B.C.) is boosting up its fight against nicotine addiction. According to news sources, the government of B.C. is expecting a huge participation in its anti-smoking program. Large numbers of smokers choose to quit smoking in the New Year and hence the B.C. Health Ministry is anticipating that orders for prescription –based pills or nicotine-replacement therapies — such patches or gum will increase this month and till keep pouring in till March.
The B.C. government started the anti-smoking program in the month of September, 2011. However, according to the government, it was happy to see that it was able to fill above 161,453 orders.
Conventionally, the B.C. government has not provided for the expenses of maximum quit smoking therapies. But in accordance with the anti-smoking program, people are entitled to receive free, 12 week supply of prescription-based quit smoking medicines or a free supply of patches/gum for one time on a yearly basis.
The B.C. government pays for the cost of stop smoking medicines such as bupropion (Zyban) and varenicline (sold as brand names chantix and champix). According to a disclosure by the government, around 23,752 people from Vancouver have filled quit smoking orders till now.
Source: timescolonist.com, Date: 13th January 2013