Free Nicotine!

Well, free nicotine patches.

The State of New Mexico is on a mission to get you to stop smoking. First the Legislature makes smoking in bars illegal (effective June 15), and now the Department of Health is dangling anti-smoking paraphernalia in front of you--in the form of complimentary nicotine patches, lozenges and gum--if you enroll in the "Quit for Life" program.

If you want to take advantage, call (800) QUIT NOW (784-8669), the state's tobacco help line. You can talk to a free "quit coach" and get a free "quit plan" (along with a free "quit guide"). Service is in English and Spanish, and the line's open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.

If you want to find out more about the new smoking ban, call (877) 473-6624.