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Welcome to The Check-Up, 
a periodical electronic brief from the New York State Smokers’ Quitline offering healthcare professionals quick tips and reminders in their quest to assist tobacco-using patients to become and stay tobacco-free.
The Quitline Is Here for You and Your Patients
COVID-19 has seemingly changed everything in our daily lives. Fortunately, the Quitline is here and ready to help you and your tobacco-using patients. Get connected with our Patient Referral Program, which includes feedback to help you track your patients' quit-activity. Please also encourage them to call 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) or visit for additional quit-support.
Smoking, Vaping,
and COVID-19

The Quitline's website,, now includes information about COVID-19 as it pertains to smoking and vaping. While the pandemic continues to evolve, one thing is clear: quitting smoking and vaping may offer added protection against COVID-19. In case you missed it in early April, we distributed a special e-newsletter with additional resources for healthcare professionals.
Visit our COVID-19 page on
NYS Offers Program to Curb Young People Vaping
The State Department of Health partnered with Truth Initiative to create a NYS-specific version of their text-based intervention, "This Is Quitting." To access this program, users simply need to text "DropTheVape" to 88709.
The program is tailored to specific age groups (13-17 and 18-24) to give appropriate quitting recommendations. Participants will receive interactive daily text messages tailored to their sign-up date or their target quit date. The program also directs participants to the Quitline for additional support, including free quit-coaching and nicotine replacement therapy for eligible vape product users.
Read the full press release
New State Budget Includes Tougher Tobacco Restrictions
The 2020-2021 New York State budget, signed April 3 by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, includes a number of health initiatives related to tobacco control. The following changes will take place July 1, 2020 unless indicated:
  • Prohibition of the sale of tobacco and vape products in pharmacies – takes effect May 18, 2020
  • Prohibition of the sale of flavored e-cigarettes (except tobacco-flavor and those with FDA Premarket Review authorization) – takes effect May 18, 2020
  • Requirement of the disclosure of all ingredients in e-cigarettes to the Department of Health and on manufacturers' websites – takes effect May 18, 2020
  • Prohibition of the use of tobacco coupons and other discounts
  • Prohibition of outdoor displays of tobacco and e-cigarette advertisements within 1,500 feet of a school (500 feet for New York City)
  • Restriction of the delivery of vapor products only to licensed manufacturers
  • An end to online sales of vapor products delivered to private residences
  • The creation of a new vaping prevention awareness program aimed at students
  • Increased fines for retail underage sales of tobacco products
For further details, please read a report from the American Lung Association in the link below.
Read the report
CDC Launches New Tips® Campaign
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new round of hard-hitting ads to kick off the ninth year of the Tips From Former Smokers® (Tips®) campaign. The Tips® campaign profiles real people who are living with serious long-term health effects due to smoking cigarettes and secondhand smoke exposure.
The ads launched on March 23 and will run through October 4 on national cable and network television, streaming radio, and online. For five select weeks during the campaign, with the week of May 11 being the first, the ads will feature a special promotion for free nicotine replacement therapy – with anticipation of a noticeable increase in call volume to state quitlines.
See the powerful ads
What We're Reading
Talk with Your Patients First,
Then Make a Referral!

Whether it's through a face-to-face visit or via telehealth, COVID-19 presents an additional opportunity to talk with your patients – especially those who may have increased risk for serious complications from the coronavirus – about their tobacco use.
As you continue to encourage your tobacco-using patients to quit and as you prescribe FDA-approved medications to help them quit, please be assured the Quitline is also here to help your patients quit smoking or e-cigarette/vape use.

Through our Patient Referral Program, you can directly refer your tobacco-using patients as an extension of your onsite cessation intervention. There are several options, including our systematic and policy-driven approach, Opt-to-Quit™. Your patients will receive follow-up quit-support, including assistance to ensure proper usage of cessation medications. For more information, click the button below or contact Patricia Bax, RN, MS, NCTTP at or 716-845-4365.

Learn more

Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday:
Friday – Sunday:
9 AM to 9 PM
9 AM to 5 PM
* recorded messages and voicemail available during off-hours *

Call or visit us online:
1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487)
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The New York State Smokers’ Quitline is a service of the New York State Department of Health and based at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

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