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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.
Limited-Time Offer: Up to Three Months of Nicotine Gum Free
For a limited time and while supplies last, we are offering up to three months of free nicotine gum for those looking to quit smoking or vaping. Shipping is included; most will qualify for the offer. We encourage as many traditional tobacco and vape-product users as possible to call 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) or visit and to share the message with their family and friends who smoke or vape.
In addition to calling 1-866-NY-QUITS, those interested can visit to apply or to request a call from a Quit Coach and sign up for the time-limited nicotine gum offer.
We also have downloadable communication toolkits available online for you to help spread the word to the general public, healthcare professionals, and the media.
WBNG-TV, Binghamton
WKBW-TV, Buffalo
Save the Date: Quitline Webinar on October 15
Please mark your calendars for Thursday, October 15 at 11 a.m. and join us for an
hour-long webinar titled:
Chew on This: How Accessing Nicotine Gum in Combination with the Nicotine Patch Bolsters Tobacco Cessation.
Be on the lookout in late September for a separate e-mail with a registration link. This webinar offers 1.0 credit of Continuing Medical Education (CME). The featured presenter is Susan Urban, MD, FACP (pictured), Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Urban is a member of the Quitline’s newly convened Healthcare Professional Task Force and informs the Quitline's marketing and outreach efforts.
New York QuitCast Episode: Nicotine Gum
In case you missed it, the Quitline recently debuted its latest episode of New York QuitCast. It features a discussion of the ongoing nicotine gum promotion with the Quitline's Public Information Specialist, Tony Astran, MPA, APR, TTS, and instructions on how healthcare professionals can help spread the word.
The episode also includes tips for administering nicotine gum in combination with the nicotine patch and a testimonial from Ellen W. in Long Island, who is celebrating nearly two years of smoke-free living thanks primarily to support from the Quitline and use of nicotine gum.
Watch the episode
Vaping Linked to COVID-19 Risk in Teens and Young Adults
Vaping is linked to a substantially increased risk of COVID-19 among teenagers and young adults, according to a new study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
The study purports to be the first to examine connections between youth vaping and COVID-19 using U.S. population-based data collected during the pandemic.
Among young people who were tested for the virus that causes COVID-19, the research found those who vaped were five to seven times more likely to be infected compared to those who did not use electronic nicotine delivery systems.
Read the published study
Expansion of Smoking Cessation Counseling for Medicaid
Effective August 1, 2020, for Medicaid fee-for-service (FFS) and November 1, 2020, for Medicaid Managed Care (MMC), New York State Medicaid is expanding smoking cessation counseling (SCC) sessions to allow for as many sessions as medically necessary for all Medicaid members. Current coverage of smoking cessation counseling services will be modified to eliminate the limit of eight (8) SCC sessions per year.
Learn more
Experts in the News
Two members of the Quitline's Experts Database, Richard O’Connor, Ph.D. and Maciej Goniewicz, Ph.D., were featured in a national news article from Helios discussing the effects of IQOS related to smoking cessation and health. Drs. O'Connor and Goniewicz are professors of oncology at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, N.Y. – the Quitline's physical location.
IQOS is an electronic heat-not-burn cigarette device that recently received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for entry into the marketplace. According to O'Connor, "Emerging studies from markets where these products are more popular indicate that most IQOS users continue to smoke [traditional cigarettes]." Goniewicz adds, "[S]tudies suggest although IQOS may be less toxic than combustible cigarettes, these products may be actually more toxic than e-cigarettes."
Check back with the Quitline's Experts Database later this fall for a refreshed look and additional experts!
Read the story
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
Don’t forget: we have a quick and helpful episode of
New York QuitCast explaining the importance of the
Patient Referral Program and how to get connected!

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 *

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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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