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Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program

The Massachusetts General Hospital Community Health Associates’ Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program (TCPP) 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 Tobacco Cessation and Prevention 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 TCPP 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 TCPP 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 TCPP is planning to increase its assistance to health centers and expand services in the community.

Outcomes

In 2013:

  • Fifty-five patients were referred for smoking cessation services and received one follow-up phone contact/coaching and mailed literature. Ten of these 55 patients participated in a six-session educational support group program that was offered at various times over the course of the year.
  • Fifteen additional patients received cessation counseling in the context of exploring wellness services offered by the MGH Benson-Henry Institute Wellness Center in Revere.
  • Group drop-in sessions provided support and counseling for patients who were thinking about quitting and for those who quit and need continued support.

Jonina Gorenstein

Phone: 781-485-6217
Email: JTGORENSTEIN@PARTNERS.ORG