Living TOBACCO-FREE Program
The Massachusetts General Hospital Community Health Associates’ Living TOBACCO-FREE Program works with MGH Community HealthCare Centers and community organizations to help people stop using tobacco products and to prevent youth and others from initiating tobacco use.
The Living TOBACCO-FREE Program works with MGH Community HealthCare Centers' staff to help ensure all patients are screened for tobacco use and referred to services that will help them quit using all forms of tobacco. For their patients who use tobacco, providers can prescribe a variety of nicotine replacement therapies and other medicines and refer them to an MGH Community HealthCare Center smoking cessation group. Providers can also refer patients to Quitworks, a free service offered through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Quitworks provides enrollees with free telephone coaching and offers a free two-week supply of nicotine patches.
In the community, the program supports local organizations and agencies that implement policy changes that create smoke-free environments and further restrict youth access not just to cigarettes, but to newer types of tobacco products as well. We look forward to providing direct cessation services and education in various community forums.
Any patient or community member who is interested in quitting smoking or using tobacco also can call the Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline directly. Callers can learn about medicines, get their questions about quitting answered, and receive free one-on-one, over-the-phone coaching. The Helpline phone number is: 1- 800- QUIT-NOW or 1-800-784-8669. For Helpline coaching and information in Spanish, call 1-800-8-Déjalo (1-800-833-5256); for other languages call 1-800-784-8669 to connect with an interpreter service; for Deaf/TTY call1-800-833-1477.
For more information, including tips on quitting and information on texting support see: http://makesmokinghistory.org/1-800-quitnow.html
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.