Free nicotine patch giveaway program 12-month follow-up of participants

Am J Prev Med. 2006 Aug;31(2):181-4. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2006.03.027. Epub 2006 Jun 12.


Objective: To estimate the effectiveness of a free nicotine patch giveaway program offered to New York City (NYC) smokers conducted in 2003.

Methodology: The effectiveness of the program was assessed by contrasting the 12-month quit rate of program participants with the quit rate from a group of Quitline callers who were not offered free nicotine patches. The follow-up surveys were conducted in 2004 and the analysis in 2005.

Results: The 7-day nonsmoking prevalence rate measured at 12 months among callers who received the nicotine patches was 1.78 times higher (95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.19-2.66) than the quit rate among a comparable group of callers to the Quitline from NYC a year earlier who did not receive nicotine patches.

Conclusions: The provision of free nicotine patches through a telephone quitline was effective in inducing a large number of smokers to make a quit attempt and stop smoking, above and beyond the efficacy of the quitline support alone.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Health Promotion / economics*
  • Hotlines
  • Humans
  • New York City / epidemiology
  • Nicotine / administration & dosage*
  • Prevalence
  • Program Evaluation
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Smoking Cessation / economics
  • Smoking Cessation / methods*


  • Nicotine