The staff at Cheshire Medical Center’s Tobacco Cessation Program know that kicking a tobacco habit can be hard. In fact, most smokers need to make several tries before they are successful. But each quit attempt gets you one step closer to becoming a former smoker.
We are here to support you through the ups and downs—and to help you achieve your goal.
If you’re ready to get started today, talk to your primary care provider for a referral or call the Tobacco Cessation Program at 603-354-6513.
The program is a free service offered by the Center for Population Health. We work with you to create a plan to help you stop smoking, including strategies to help you:
- Deal with smoking triggers
- Find techniques that work best for you
- Plan for your quit day
- Remain smoke-free after you have quit smoking
We also can discuss options for the use of FDA-approved medications, if you have struggled to quit smoking in the past.
Free of judgment and full of compassion and expertise, the Tobacco Cessation Program provides you with the support you need so you can quit tobacco for good.
Every time you try to quit smoking you’re one step closer to succeeding. We’re here to help you build those skills so you can quit tobacco for good.James Duffy, Tobacco Cessation program manager at Cheshire's Center for Population Health
How the Tobacco Cessation Program works
Your primary care provider can refer you to the Tobacco Cessation Program. You can also call the program directly at 603-354-6513.
Once referred to the program, you will talk with a tobacco cessation counselor. Your counselor will learn your story and connect you with services that would work best for you, including one-on-one coaching.
Your counselor also will help you determine if FDA-approved medications, including nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), are right for you. When used as directed, NRTs like patches, gum, and lozenges, and other medications like bupropion and verenicline (Chantix), can double your chances of quitting smoking.
If you need support paying for some FDA-approved medications, Cheshire Medical Center’s Medication Assistance Program your this program allows your Primary Care Provider to write a prescription to the retail pharmacy in our Medical Center so you can access over-the-counter medications such as patches, gum, and lozenges for free!
Connecting you to more tobacco cessation support
In addition to the services we provide, Cheshire’s Tobacco Cessation Program can connect you to the following national and statewide programs:
- 1-800-Quit-Now, New Hampshire’s statewide tobacco helpline to help you quit smoking or just get information about quitting smoking
- Quit smoking services through the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association
- Smokefree.gov for text messaging programs to quit tobacco
- My Life, My Quit, a tobacco cessation program targeting teens and young adults with optional online, phone-based, and motivational text messaging components
- Breathe® NH offers Vaping Unveiled™, a program created to educate youth, parents, schools and communities about the dangers of youth nicotine addiction through vaping e-cigarettes.
- Information on e-cigarettes and other vaping facts through Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center’s No Safe Vape campaign.
- Visit SmokeFree 60+
Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco-Free Communities
Our staff also manages the Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco-Free Communities (CCTFC). The goals of CCTFC are to:
- Prevent the initiation of tobacco and e-cigarette use, especially among youth
- Promote cessation among adults and youth
- Protect people from secondhand smoke
CCTFC is committed to making sure all Cheshire County residents who smoke have access to smoking cessation treatments so they can QUIT and stay quit for good. CCTFC offers informational sessions on tobacco and e-cigarette use and resources for quitting. Both programs, described below, are ideal for communities and worksite health promotion:
- Know Smoking is a one-hour session that helps tobacco users better understand their addiction, provides information on local resources to help them quit, and reviews state-of-the-art tobacco cessation aids.
- Escape the Vape provides participants with the latest facts about e-cigarettes, including long-term addiction and harm to brain development, as well as local and national resources to help them quit using these products.
Ready to quit?
Talk to your primary care provider to get referred to the tobacco cessation program, or call 603-354-6513.