Living TOBACCO-FREE Program
MGH Community Health Associates’ (MGH CHA) Living TOBACCO-FREE helps MGH health center patients get the help they need to quit cigarettes and other tobacco products. Living TOBACCO-FREE also focuses on tobacco prevention by working with local groups to achieve and implement policy changes aimed at restricting youth’s access to tobacco products and reducing people’s exposure to second-hand smoke.
Living TOBACCO-FREE provides free, one-on-one coaching to quit cigarettes and other tobacco products at four MGH sites: Revere HealthCare Center; Chelsea HealthCare Center; Charlestown HealthCare Center and Everett Family Care. Coaching is available in both English and Spanish. People who smoke more than double their chances of quitting for good when they use medication and get coaching help. Providers usually refer patients to Living TOBACCO-FREE coaches; however, patients can make their own appointment by calling 781-485-6210.
If patients prefer to engage in coaching over-the-phone, health center providers will refer patients to Quitworks, a free telephone coaching service offered through the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program. Quitworks provides patients who enroll a free two-week supply of nicotine patches.
Any community member who is interested in quitting tobacco can directly call the Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline, a free telephone coaching service. http://makesmokinghistory.org. 1- 800- QUIT-NOW or 1-800-784-8669 (English) 1-800-8-Déjalo (1-800-833-5256) (Spanish); for other languages call 1-800-784-8669 to connect with an interpreter service; for Deaf/TTY call1-800-833-1477.
To download a list with additional quit-smoking/tobacco resources click here.
The Living TOBACCO-FREE Program offers tobacco cessation groups at the Charlestown and Revere HealthCare Centers. The program provides information and/or training to community health center providers on maximizing use of Quitworks in practices and has supported Great American Smokeout activities at all the HealthCare Centers. The program plans to increase its assistance to other health centers and expand services in the community.
- Launched a pilot program providing 6 hrs/wk of free, one-on one tobacco coaching in one health center.
- 60 individuals self-referred or provider-referred for smoking cessation services. 27 (45%) of these individuals enrolled in a cessation group or had one or more individual coaching appointments. An additional 12 people (20%) received cessation support using MGH wellness services
- Distributed 350 “Quit-Bags” to individuals visiting MGH Health Centers. Quit Bags included educational and resource information on smoking cessation. Recipients took bags for themselves, friends, and/ or family members. Fifty-five patients were referred for smoking cessation services and received one follow-up phone contact/coaching and mailed literature. Ten of 55 patients participated in a six-session educational support group program that was offered at various times over the course of the year.
- Supported adoption of new Chelsea Board of Health tobacco regulations aimed at reducing youth tobacco use.
- Collaborated with Revere Selectman; Revere Cares, an MGH-supported community coalition; and other organizations and community groups to educate selectman about proposal to raise tobacco sales age to 21.