The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, in conjunction with Ralphs and L.A. Care Health Plan, will give away the largest free supply of nicotine patches and gum in California, and are asking residents who are interested in helping others quit smoking to volunteer during this giveaway. The distribution of free nicotine patches and gum will take place at all 47 Ralphs pharmacies throughout Los Angeles County beginning Monday, June 15, 2009 while supplies last.

Volunteers over the age of 18 will assist the public with completing surveys, directing people to the pharmacy, helping pharmacy staff, distributing quit smoking materials and resources, and answering general questions. The L.A. County Department of Public Health is asking interested residents to commit to at least one three-hour shift, but encourage them to volunteer more if their schedule permits.

To volunteer for this one-of-a-kind public health initiative, residents can visit to find a time and location. Volunteers are especially needed Monday, June 15, Tuesday, June 16, and Wednesday, June 17, and are asked to call or email availability and contact information to: or (310) 552-4195 by Friday, June 5, 2009.