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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.
Celebrate the Year of Cessation!
This issue of The Check-Up has a special focus on the Year of Cessation. The Quitline encourages all New York State healthcare professionals to join the movement and reinvigorate efforts to treat patients’ tobacco dependence.
What Is the Year of Cessation?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office of Smoking and Health (CDC OSH) declared 2019 the "Year of Cessation" to bring attention to the critical role of cessation as part of a comprehensive tobacco prevention and control approach.

CDC OSH's Year of Cessation highlights the important role quitlines play in cessation and celebrates the 15th anniversary of the national network of state quitlines. Its website features six new online videos demonstrating what callers can expect when calling a quitline and emphasizing free, confidential and nonjudgmental coaching.
Visit the Year of Cessation website
What Does the Year of Cessation Mean to Our Quit Coaches?
To celebrate the Year of Cessation, we interviewed some of our Quit Coaches to learn more about their role and the reasons they love their work. Click the picture below to watch a brief video with some of the friendly faces behind 1-866-NY-QUITS.
Quitline Resources for Vaping and E-Cigarettes
In response to the growing information and news around vaping and e-cigarettes, includes expanded resources particularly geared toward teens / young adults and their parents.
If you are concerned at all with your vaping device or products or just want more information, contact
For coaching and help with nicotine addiction, call the New York State Smokers’ Quitline at 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) or request a call by filling out our online form
Visit the vaping and e-cigarettes resource page
New Brochure Available: Thinking about Quitting?
A new brochure is available for download in the Print Materials section at Our creative team designed Thinking about Quitting? specifically for waiting rooms in healthcare offices. Tips inside include questions to ask a healthcare professional, ways chronic conditions will improve after quitting, how to plan for a successful quit-attempt, and the advantages of pharmacotherapy.
Download and share the online brochure by clicking on the image, or contact us to obtain high-resolution printer files for your local vendor for print hard copies.
Back-to-School: Educate Parents about Nicotine
Healthcare professionals play a crucial role in helping parents prevent or curb tobacco-use among youth. Please remind parents of the following three facts:
  1. Nicotine is highly addictive.
  2. The brain develops through age 25. Nicotine stunts that development.
  3. Parents can set a good example by staying or becoming tobacco-free.
Read our press release with more information and helpful links
New Reports from the NYS DOH
The NYS DOH recently released two new reports:
  1. BRFSS Brief: Cigarette Smoking, New York State Adults, 2017
  2. Awareness of Tobacco Cessation Methods and Benefit Coverage among Medicaid Enrollees in New York State, 2017
The first report reveals an estimated 2 million adults (14.1% of the state’s adult population) aged 18 years and older were smokers in 2017. However, rates of smoking remain highest among adults:
  • reporting frequent mental distress (25.5%);
  • enrolled in Medicaid (22.1%); 
  • who are unemployed (22.0%); 
  • living with disability (21.6%); 
  • with less than a high school education (20.0%), and; 
  • with an annual household income of less than $25,000 (19.7%).
The second report reveals 87% of Medicaid enrollees in New York State are aware of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) as a cessation method – but less than half are aware Medicaid provides benefit coverage.
Read more tobacco-related reports from the NYS DOH
Coming Soon: A Webinar with 2019 Survey Results 
Throughout April and May, nearly 2,700 New York State licensed healthcare professionals fully completed our 2019 Healthcare Provider Communication Preferences Survey. (Thank you!) In the coming weeks, we will announce an upcoming webinar to share results, compare year-over-year statistics, and discuss trends to help shape our communication and materials. Please stay tuned for an email invitation, and share with your colleagues.
See results from last year's survey
In the National News:
A Member of Our Physician Task Force

Dr. Daniel Croft, MD, MPH from the University of Rochester Medical Center's Pulmonary and Critical Care Department recently appeared on NBC Nightly News to discuss mysterious illnesses related to e-cigarette use.
Croft is a member of the Quitline's Physician Task Force, a group of physicians throughout New York State that provides guidance for our marketing and outreach efforts.
Watch the news clip
Talk with Your Patients First,
Then Make a Referral!

After discussing benefits of quitting with your tobacco-using patients and prescribing appropriate cessation medications, offer a referral to the New York State Smokers’ Quitline. 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™. Year of Cessation. 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.

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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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