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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.
Talk to Your Patients:
Become Smoke-Free in 2020

The New Year offers a fresh start to begin a smoke-free journey or to try again. If you or your patients need motivation to achieve a stop-smoking resolution, visit the Online News Room to read success stories from eight regions throughout New York State.
The Quitline distributed the stories to their respective local media outlets just before and after the New Year. One example of resulting coverage was a radio interview and online story with the National Public Radio station in Syracuse, which featured one of our clients and our director, Dr. Andrew Hyland. Click to listen.
Success Stories
Quitline Featured in CDC 15th Anniversary Report
To conclude the "Year of Cessation" in 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a booklet celebrating the 15th anniversary of the National Network for Tobacco Cessation Quitlines. New York is one of five states profiled in the publication, which calls attention to the evolution and importance of smokers' quitlines.
Read the booklet
2019 Sustainability Reports
Our 2019 Sustainability Reports are now available on the Print Resources section of Learn more about our accomplishments and new offerings in the past year, as well as demographics of the people we served throughout New York State and its regions.
View the reports
Services for E-Cigarettes/Vape Users
As recently announced by the New York State Department of Health, the Quitline now offers expanded services to help e-cigarette/vape users curb nicotine addiction – including coaching support and nicotine replacement therapy.
Coaching support at the Quitline is available for New Yorkers of all ages, including adolescents, seven days a week beginning at 9 a.m. by calling 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487). Those interested can also request a call from the Quitline by filling out an online form.
Visit the vaping and e-cigarettes resource page
E-Cigarette Use among New York State Adults
The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) recently released a new BRFSS (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System) Brief: Electronic Cigarette Use. New York State Adults, 2017.
According to the brief, an estimated 541,000 adults, or 3.8% of the New York State's adult population aged 18 years and older, currently use e-cigarettes every day or some days. Among NYS adults, current use of e-cigarettes is highest among:
  • Adults who are current smokers (12.8%)
  • Young adults 18-24 years of age (9.7%)
  • Adults enrolled in Medicaid (6.5%)
  • Adults reporting frequent mental distress (6.4%), defined as adults who report problems with stress, depression, or emotions on at least 14 of the previous 30 days
  • Adults who are unemployed (6.3%)
Read more BRFSS Briefs from the NYS DOH
Interesting Read:
Generational Differences in Tobacco Cessation 

When it comes to quitting smoking in the workforce, what resonates with each generation in terms of methods, outreach, and willingness? Learn more and view a helpful infographic in this recent article from the Truth Initiative’s EX Program: With Employee Smoking, Do You Speak Every Generation's Language?
View the infographic
Talk with Your Patients First,
Then Make a Referral!

After discussing the benefits of quitting with your tobacco-using patients and prescribing appropriate cessation medications, offer a referral to the 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™. 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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