Aug. 12: Government to Help Smokers Quit

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The government announced that Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT’s) will be available to all NWT smokers and smoking cessation prescription drugs will be covered under territorial health care benefits. Another available support system is the NWT Quitline, a toll free help line staffed by trained smoking cessation counsellors. And the government is working with the Alberta/NWT Lung Association to offer the Smart Steps program in three or four workplaces. The NWT have double the national rate of smokers.