STATE—In New Jersey, approximately 1.15 million residents – or 17 percent of adults – smoke. Of that number, nearly 76 percent want to quit, yet without seeking help only a little better than 10 percent succeed. To help improve the odds of success, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) offers a comprehensive menu of services to help smokers quit.
The three Quit Services offered by DHSS’s Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program are:
New Jersey Quitcenters: a network of seven smoking cessation clinics located across the state that offers a customized, face-to-face approach to quitting. The NJ Quitcenter program combines intensive individual or group counseling, with the supervised use of nicotine patches, gum and inhalers. Centers provide services on a sliding fee scale according to income, and clients can purchase over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy products at a reduced cost. For NJ Quitcenter locations, log onto www.nj.quitnet.com or call 1-866-NJ –STOPS.
New Jersey Quitline: (1-866-NJ-STOPS) a free, telephone-based counseling and referral service, available six days a week in 26 different languages. NJ Quitline counselors have been trained by the American Cancer Society and work with clients to develop an individualized treatment plan, including ongoing support and follow-up. Using NJ Quitline, smokers are three times as likely to succeed – with more than 30 percent of registered users reporting they were tobacco free after six months.
New Jersey QuitNet: (www.nj.quitnet.com) a free, online information, counseling and referral service that offers a variety of resources to help people break the control of nicotine. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. NJ QuitNet users have access to trained counselors. Online chat rooms provide real-time support from other smokers using NJ QuitNet to quit smoking.
Other tools include a quitting calendar, quitting strategies, and a directory of local treatment programs and support groups.
Individuals trying to quit, physicians seeking referral information for patients, and employers wanting to help their employees take the first steps to quitting, can all find information on the state’s comprehensive Quit Services web site – www.njquit2win.com.
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