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Smokers over run government phone system

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The province will cover under Pharmacare the cost of nicotine replacement therapies and prescription drugs to help stop smoking.

The program started on Friday and all smokers have to do is call 8-1-1 and register for the program.  According to CKNW, smokers looking to drop the habit are over running the B.C. Government phone lines with many getting a busy signal or nothing at all. 

The Ministry of Health says they have put more resources into the 8-1-1 help line and are asking residents to be patient.  According to the Ministry almost 700 people registered in the first day of the program.

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The provincial government estimates this program will cost $15 to $25 million annually depending on how many people use it.

Smokers are also encouraged to visit www.health.gov.bc.ca/pharmacare/stop-smoking/ and www.quitnow.ca to prepare themselves to quit.

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