The New York State Tobacco Control Program (NYS TCP), envisions all New Yorkers living in a tobacco-free society and works aggressively to reduce the morbidity and mortality and alleviate the social and economic burden caused by tobacco use in New York. The NY TCP is part of the National Tobacco Control Program and implements tobacco control strategies consistent with the CDC’s Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs.
Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities
Work to change the community environment to support New York State’s tobacco-free norm. Each contract consists of a community engagement component and a youth action component (branded as Reality Check). Contractors work to:
- Reduce the negative impact of tobacco product marketing and price promotions on youth and adults at the point of sale.
- Increase the number of local laws and voluntary policies that prohibit tobacco use in outdoor areas.
- Decrease secondhand smoke exposure in multi-unit housing, with an emphasis on policies that protect the health of low-income residents.
- Promote policies that reduce tobacco use imagery in youth-rated movies, and on the Internet and social media.
Health Systems for a Tobacco-Free New York
Work with health care systems to improve the reach and delivery of evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment to all New Yorkers who smoke or use other tobacco products. The contractors work with hospitals, community health centers, federally qualified health centers, and mental health and behavioral health service agencies, with a focus on agencies and organizations that serve people with low education, low income or serious mental illness.
The New York State Smokers’ Quitline
Provides free, confidential services that include information, tools, quit coaching and support in English and Spanish. Provides FREE starter kits of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) patches to eligible New Yorkers. The Quitline also works with employers, health plans and health care providers to ensure New York tobacco users have access to effective cessation treatments. 1-866-NY-QUITS
Works to provide the surrounding community with safe routes to walk and bike through the Healthy Streets program (Complete Streets). As well as provide and distribute farm-fresh vegetables to cities through the Veggie Mobile. Find out more information at their website here.