Call the NYS Smokers' Quitline 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487)
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United Health Services "Nurse Direct"
cessation counseling 1-800-295-8088.
Free telephone counseling service provided by UHS Healthy Living
Center, Johnson City.
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What is the Quitline?
The New York State Smokers’ Quitline is a free, telephone-based
counseling program for smokers who want to quit. Based at the Roswell
Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, the NYS Quitline is a proactive
quitline. Proactive quitlines not only “react” with counseling
when a smoker calls in, but also provide an “outbound”
service through a number of follow-up calls to the client. Smokers
can be self referred or referred by a provider through a fax-referral
Who answers calls to the Quitline?
An automated menu system answers the call and says...
“Welcome to the New York State Smokers’ Quitline”
... then asks if you want to continue in English (if “yes”
... and finally offers the following options:
- Talk one-on-one to a quitline specialist
weekdays, 9am–1pm weekends)
- Get general information by mail
- Listen to pre-recorded messages about different stop smoking topics
- Listen to the stop smoking "Tip of the day."
Why call? Do quitlines really help people quit smoking?
Studies have shown that quitlines are an effective
way to help people quit smoking, especially when used along with other
methods such as nicotine replacement medications.
Effectiveness of Telephone Counseling
and Support to Help More Tobacco Users Quit
From the Guide
to Community Preventive Services
A systematic review of published studies, conducted
on behalf of the Task
Force on Community Preventive Services by a team of experts, found
that providing counseling and support to patients by telephone, when
included as one component of a multicomponent strategy to help smokers
quit, is effective in increasing the number of smokers who succeed.
Based on this review, the Task Force recommends that
this strategy be implemented on the basis of strong evidence
What about Nicotine Replacement Treatments (NRT)?
Nicotine replacements are an important part of many peoples' quit
plans. These include the patch, chewing gum, and lozenges among other
Nicotine replacements do not cause cancer and they are not addictive.
They are designed to take the edge off the process of quitting and
ease you away from smoking. In most cases they can be purchased without
a prescription. (A doctor's prescription is required for Medicaid
Be sure to speak to a Quitline specialist about nicotine
At certain times the Quitline can send a 2-week starter supply of
nicotine patches free of charge to eligible smokers who are
ready to quit.
U.S. Surgeon General
POW'R Against Tobacco Cessation Center