The State Health Department yesterday (October 21) announced the launch of new support services for New Yorkers who are trying to quit vaping, including free quit-coaching and nicotine replacement therapy through the NYS Smokers’ Quitline.
Those interested should call 1-866-NY-QUITS any day of the week beginning at 9:00 a.m.
A specially trained Quit Coach will then assess e-cigarette users based on their type of product, frequency of inhalation and dependence.
Based on the assessment, the Coach would then determine eligibility to potentially receive complimentary patches, gum, lozenges or a combination of each.
Users will also receive help from their Coach in developing a personalized quit-plan, along with further consultation and health insurance plans for additional stop-smoking medication and support.
E-cigarettes who qualify for the Quitline’s free NRT will receive a starter kit with a minimum two-week supply and can receive up to two kits per year, with the second coming 90 days after the first shipment.
More information about eligibility is available online at www.nysmokefree.com.
Additionally, the Department announced the release of a Request for Applications (RFA) to award $16 million for the next five-year round to support healthcare systems in their efforts to help smokers and vapers quit through proven cessation methods.
A new statewide ad campaign will also be launched to educate teens and their parents about the dangers of vaping.
“The ongoing outbreak of vaping-associated pulmonary illnesses plaguing New Yorkers and people across the country is a stark reminder of the addictive nature and potential dangers of e-cigarettes,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. “We are proud to expand our existing services to further assist people struggling with nicotine addiction in all forms to quit once and for all.”