Free nicotine gum and patches coming for B.C. smokers
The B.C. government will start giving smokers who want to quit a free 12-week supply of either nicotine gum or patches, or a free prescription for smoking-cessation drugs, starting Friday.
Premier Christy Clark says the province will pick up the tab for nicotine replacement therapies while other smoking cessation drugs will be covered by Pharmacare.
Participants must register with HealthLink B.C. to be eligible for up to 12 consecutive weeks of prescription drugs or nicotine replacement therapy, annually.
Depending on the number of participants, the program will cost up to $25 million dollars a year, but Clark says it will improve the health of British Columbians.