Ulster County Wants to Prevent Smoking and Help You Quit Today


IT'S A FACT: Smoking is the #1 leading cause of Preventable Illness and Death in the United States and claims the lives of over 472,000 Americans every year. Smoking is associated with 21 serious diseases and 12 different types of cancer. Don't become another tobacco company casualty. If you smoke you have the power to take back your health and your life. There are a lot of great resources on this site, with many more available. For free and confidential assistance and support, call the NYS Quitline at 1-866-697-8487 or visit NYSmokeFree.com


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Smokers are encouraged to contact the New York State Smokers’ Quitline to receive up to three months of free nicotine gum while supplies last. Share this offer with friends and family! Call 1-866-697-8487 or visit ️ https://nysmokefree.com/QuittingSmoking/GumGiveaway

Nicotine gum eliminates short-term cravings of cigarettes and each piece typically lasts 20 to 30 minutes. Unlike traditional chewing gum, nicotine gum works when chewed only a few times and then parked along the inside of the mouth by the cheek. When combined with a longer-term FDA-approved NRT such as the nicotine patch, the resulting effect – called nicotine combination therapy – can double the odds of a smoker successfully quitting.

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American Lung Association. Freedom From Smoking Online

Smokers: Check out American Lung Association's Freedom from Smoking Online

Freedom From Smoking® Online, or FFS Online, is a program specifically designed for adults, like you, who want to quit smoking. It’s an adaptation of the American Lung Association’s gold standard, group clinic that has helped thousands of smokers to quit for good.


Sign up for SmokefreeTXT

SmokefreeTXT is a mobile text messaging service designed for adults and young adults across the United States who are trying to quit smoking. The program was created to provide 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help smokers quit smoking and stay quit. 



Check out the great resources on this site.



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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and if you're a parent, it is especially important to increase your awareness about the dangers of vaping, and the use of e-cigarettes, hookahs, and hookah pens in addition to the dangers of cigarettes.  For examples of the products youth are using, visit http://hookahpencentral.com.

Currently more teens use e-cigarettes than regular cigarettes, and data indicates that e-cigarette use can be a gateway to the use of regular cigarettes by teens.

A 2015 study in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, found that low perception of harm by teens and parents, low peer disapproval of use, and peer use all were factors associated with the use of e-cigarettes by teens


Chemicals Found in E-Cigarettes Linked to Lung Disease 





quitSTART is a free app made for teens who want to quit smoking, but adults can use it too. This app takes the information you provide about your smoking history and gives you tailored tips, inspiration, and challenges to help you become smokefree and live a healthier life.

quitSTART helps you: 

Get ready to quit with tips and information to prepare you for becoming smokefree

Monitor your progress and earn badges for smokefree milestones and other achievements

Get back on track if you slip and smoke

Manage cravings and bad moods in healthy ways

Distract yourself from cravings with games and challenges

Store helpful tips, inspirations, and challenges in your Quit Kit

Share your progress and favorite tips through social media



See Aaliyah's Award Winning Video Poem that She Wrote After Losing Her Father to Cancer as a Result of Smoking



Ulster County Executive Mike Hein Signs Local Law to Protect Kids from Tobacco Marketing Designed to Recruit Them to Become New Smokers


More Great Resources: 

I'm Ready to Quit! is a quick-access page on the Tips Web site that offers quitting help by telephone, text, and on the Web

BeTobaccoFree.gov is the Department of Health and Human Services' comprehensive Web site providing one-stop access to tobacco-related information from across its agencies. This consolidated resource includes general information on tobacco as well as federal and state laws and policies, health       statistics, and evidence-based methods on how to quit.

Smokefree.gov provides free, accurate, evidence-based information and professional assistance to help support the immediate and long-term needs of people trying to quit smoking.

     espanol.smokefree.gov is a Spanish-language quitting site.

     SmokefreeWomen provides free, accurate, evidence-based information and professional assistance to help support the immediate and long-term needs of women trying to quit smoking.

Quit Tobacco: Make Everyone Proud is a Department of Defense-sponsored Web site for military personnel and their families.

Help for Smokers and Other Tobacco Users: Quit Smoking[PDF–178 KB] is an easy-to-read guide issued by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

SfT (SmokefreeTeen) is a site devoted to helping teens quit smoking.

 SmokefreeTXT is a teen texting program.

How to Quit provides more useful information from CDC to help you quit.