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That’s almost on par with the just over 6 per cent of B.C. the north represents. 3,680 orders have been placed for the north, which has the highest rate of smoking in the province.

In the 2010 Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey, Northeast B.C. recorded a smoker rate of 23.1 percent, much higher than the provincial average of 14.3 per cent, the lowest in the country. However, that number was down significantly from 2009, as the average rate was recorded at 33.1 per cent

The province is providing eligible B.C. residents with a single continuous course of treatment lasting up to 12 consecutive weeks with either a prescription smoking cessation drug or an NRT product once every calendar year. As part of the smoking cessation program, varenicline (Champix) and bupropion (Zyban) are also covered by B.C. PharmaCare and are available with a prescription. People will need to see their doctor for a prescription and be registered in a PharmaCare plan to receive coverage for these products. The level of coverage will depend on a person’s PharmaCare plan.

To register for the program call 8-1-1 or go online to www.quitnow.ca.

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