The Wyoming Quit Tobacco Program is offering smokers who are ready to put cigarettes behind them a free three-month prescription to Chantix.

"Chantix has helped many people successfully quit smoking," said Vitaliy Croychik, Tobacco Prevention Specialist with the Wyoming Department of Health. "Often times people have said that it makes cigarettes really taste gross to them."

Croychik outlined the easy steps to receive the medication:

  1. Enroll today. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit www.quitwyo.org online to enroll. You’ll be connected with a trained quit coach. Let your coach know you would like to receive free Chantix as a part of your custom quit plan.
  2. Place the order. The quit program will place an order for Chantix for eligible members with Ridgeway Pharmacy.
  3. Talk to your doctor. Request a Chantix prescription from your primary care physician. They should fax the prescription to Ridgeway Pharmacy (402-642-6050).
  4. Receive your Chantix. Call Ridgeway Pharmacy at 406-642-6040, provide your address, and the prescription will be delivered directly to your home.

"We want people to know we can help them find the plan that works best for them," said Croychik. "And we want to help ensure cost is not a barrier to someone who wants to quit."

Croychik says free nicotine replacement gum, patches and lozenges are also available, as well as free phone and online support.

"Quitting tobacco is really the most beneficial thing that you can do for yourself in terms of preventative measures," said Croychik. "So things like counseling or coaching along with quit medications work the best."