Department of Health takes step to help Bronx smokers kick the habit

Since launching a free nicotine patch program nearly two weeks ago, the city's Department of Health has given out about 25,000 kits to smokers in the Bronx and across all five boroughs looking to quit. By calling 311, smokers 18 and older can get a patch kit sent to their homes. But city health officials say getting the patch is only half the battle. That's where free smoking cessation programs, like the one at Lincoln Hospital, come in. Health officials say patch campaigns and programs to help smokers quit are having an impact. While 25 to 30 percent of Bronx residents smoke, officials say the Bronx had the biggest drop in smoking across the city within the last year.

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