Tobacco Cessation Services

On August 15, 2012, The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) issued Ending the Tobacco Epidemic: Progress Toward a Healthier Nation, a progress report on HHS's November 2010 strategic action plan entitled Ending the Tobacco Epidemic: A Tobacco Control Strategic Action Plan. HHS' 2010 plan outlines actions that serve as a roadmap to achieve the Healthy People objective of reducing the U.S. adult smoking rate to 12 percent by 2020. HHS' August 2012 progress report provides details about achieving measurable success in transforming goals into action, for all four major action areas: Leading by example; Improving the public’s health; Engaging the public; and Advancing knowledge; The progress report includes a summary of recent federal legislation on tobacco control. Read more about HHS' plan and progress report on their website.

Below are resources to help quit tobacco: state and federally funded programs at no or low cost, and privately funded NJ-based smoking cessation centers at no, low and/or regular cost. Information on free or low-cost lung CAT scan screenings for nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke, and for smokers, is available at our Lung Screening Programs webpage.

Watch a three-minute video in English or Spanish on The Harm of Secondhand Smoke To Children produced by the NJ Department of Health in May 2012.

New Jersey State Funded Cessation Services:

The American Lung Association's annual "Helping Smokers Quit: Tobacco Cessation Coverage 2012" annual report on tobacco cessation policy examines each state’s tobacco cessation coverage as well as federal coverage under the newly passed Affordable Care Act. In the 2011 annual report, New Jersey was listed as one of five states as the LEAST SUPPORTIVE for quitting tobacco. In conjunction with this report, ALA has made available a toolkit on the Affordable Care Act and Tobacco Control, which contains factsheets, template letters, and other helpful tools. For 2012, New Jersey became one of 9 states that require tobacco cessation coverage by private insurers. As well, the state employee plan stopped excluding over-the-counter tobacco cessation medications, adding coverage for the nicotine patch, gum and lozenges. Unfortunately for low-income people enrolled in Medicaid, they have very limited tobacco cessation coverage. This low-income population smokes at a much higher rate than the general population (33.3 percent versus 21.3 percent for ages 18–65), and they are less able to pay out of pocket for tobacco cessation treatments.

If you are a non-smoker who has been exposed to secondhand smoke, you may be eligible for a free lung cancer screening as a participant in a study funded by FAMRI, the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute. Visit the I-ELCAP website to learn more about participation in the study.

Privately Funded Cessation Services Available in NJ:

Federal Smoking Cessation Websites

Self magazine's November 2010 issue shares strategies on how to quit smoking, including a quit smoking contract to print, sign and share. Click here for the contract.

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Last update: 4/4/14