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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.  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.

About this Program

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.

2015 Outcomes

  • LTF added a full time tobacco cessation coach.  LTF received 361 referrals. Of these referrals, 301 were for in-person coaching; and 60 were for follow-up telephone assistance.  LTF provided information to 361 people; coaching to 110 people, and telephone assistance to 20.
  • LTF provided 375 “Quit-Kits” to MGH Health Centers for distribution to patients who smoke.  Quit Kits included educational and resource information on smoking cessation.  On Great American Smoke Out day, bags were distributed in health center lobbies and recipients take kits for themselves, friends, and/or family members.
  • LTF collaborated with the MGH Revere Cares community coalition to support adoption of a proposed new ordinance that would have raised the minimum retail sales age of tobacco to 21 in Revere.
  • LTF began a project to educate youth in Revere about e-cigarettes and tobacco.


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Jonina Gorenstein

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