Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy

I was chatting to an acquaintance earlier who has been trying to stop smoking. Despite feeling the health benefits of not having had a fag since New Year he was disappointed that he wasn't feeling any financial benefit yet. He is using nicotine patches to aid his abstinence and, apparently, they are very expensive things to buy.

I found his comments about the cost of patches to be rather surprising. Nicotine patches, gum, inhalators etc are all available on prescription from the family doctor. Prescriptions are free in Wales now, of course, so there is no need for any Welsh person to pay for Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).

As persuading people to stop smoking is a cornerstone of the Assembly's policy to improve the health of Wales, why doesn’t the Welsh Assembly Government advertise the fact that NRT is available, without charge, for any Welsh man or woman who wants to give it a go?

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