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:
Quitline is (866) NJ-STOPS / (866) 657-8677
The New Jersey Quitline, a FREE, confidential, multilingual telephone based counseling and referral service to help state residents quit smoking, funded by the NJ Department of Health’s Office of Tobacco Control, is presently offering FREE Nicotine Patches to those individuals who register and enroll in the program. The patches are available on a limited basis. When smokers call NJ Quitline, specially trained Quit Coaches are available to work with each client to develop an individualized treatment plan including the use of Nicotine Replacement Therapy, customized support, and follow-up. Research shows that Quitline users have about a 60% better chance of staying smoke-free than those who try to quit on their own. View information in English and Spanish about Quitline and about the FREE Nicotine Patch Program. The Quitline program was previously called the Quitnet program. We've kept the archived Quitnet website for historical purposes.
Mom's Quit Connection (MCQ) is a free smoking cessation support program for pregnant women, and mothers, families and caregivers of young children who need help trying to quit.
Merle Weitz, 856-675-5322 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathy Butler, 856-675-5289 email@example.com
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:
- Two smoking cessation programs are offered: (1) for the general public, and (2) for patients of the Atlantic Health's Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, and their family members. Contact Lisa Picciuti, LCSW, CTTS (Oncology Social Worker at Morristown Medical Center) at 973-971-7971 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Hypnosis classes to help quit smoking are offered to the general public. Call 800-247-9580 or go to their website, then from the "Name" drop-down menu, select "Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation", then click "search". Classes alternate between Morristown Memorial Hospital, 100 Madison Avenue, Morristown, NJ, and Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ.
- Atlantic Health offers low-cost CT scans to help detect lung cancer. Open to persons age 45+ who are smokers or have had significant exposure to secondhand smoke. Read the press release. Contact Lisa Picciuti LCSW, CTTS (Oncology Social Worker at Morristown Medical Center) at 973-971-7971 or email@example.com.
Quit services offered by the American Lung Assocation can be found by clicking on the above link or by calling 800-586-4872.
iQuit! Program for 13 to 27 year olds through counseling and possible Nicotine Replacement Therapy.
Ivy Pearlstein 609-683-5155 x212 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Barnabas Health
Essex, Hudson and Bergen Counties:
Beth Akkaway, 973-450-2116, email@example.com
West Essex, Morris, Somerset, Union Counties:
Roland Romano, 973-450-2116, firstname.lastname@example.org
Memorial Hospital (Atlantic County)
NOTE: This program is very affordable and open to anyone.
Medical Center (Somerset)
Dr. Chris Kotsen, 908-685-2442 email@example.com
UMDNJ Tobacco Dependence Program, School Of Public Health,
Dr. Michael Steinberg, 732-235-8222 steinbmb@UMDNJ.EDU
NOTE: This program services the community now as well as UMDNJ oncology patients.
Learn about becoming a certified tobacco treatment specialist through the UMDNJ School of Public Health Tobacco Training Program.
Federal Smoking Cessation Websites
- Read a January 25, 2013 blog post by Dr. Howard Koh, the Assistant Secretary for Health entitled “Help From the Affordable Care Act to Quit Smoking and Live Longer.” The blog post includes a link to an audio podcast, "Be Tobacco Free".
- On November 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the launch of BeTobaccoFree.gov, a comprehensive Web site providing one-stop access to the best and most up-to-date tobacco-related information from across its agencies (CDC/OSH, FDA, NIH/NCI, the Office of the Assistant Secretary, and the Office of the Surgeon General). This consolidated resource includes general information on tobacco as well as federal and state laws and policies, health statistics, and evidence-based methods on how to quit. The Web site’s unique social media dashboard, “Say it - share it,” constantly provides real-time updates from HHS tobacco-related social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, infographics, and podcasts.
- For 2012, the CDC has launched a media campaign with smoker's real stories to educate people about the damaging effects of smoking and to encourage people to quit or not start using tobacco products. Visit their site for tips on quitting and for more information about the Tobacco Education Campaign. CDC also offers the following sites to help smokers who want to quit: Toll-free quitline 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
- Smokefree.gov was created by the Tobacco Control Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute and is a collaborative site with other institutions. The site provides a step-by-step quit guide, tools for quitting, information on quitting and the ability to speak to a counselor.
- Resolve to be Tobacco Free in 2012. This webpage lists government resources to help people quit tobacco, including a website to help teens quit tobacco.
- Surgeongeneral.gov/tobacco has the latest information on how to quit from the Surgeon General's website which includes new, effective clinical treatments for tobacco dependence and the latest information to help people quit smoking.
- Quit Tobacco was created by the US Department of Defense and is focused on helping US military personnel.
Last update: 4/4/14