Tobacco Prevention & Cessation
Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States and New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program (TPCP) is dedicated to the implementation of a comprehensive program designed to reduce the prevalence and consumption of tobacco use in New Hampshire.
The TPCP’s primary goals are: prevent NH youth from beginning to use tobacco; eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke; promote quitting tobacco among users; and prioritize efforts to reach those most affected by tobacco.
TPCP works to achieve these goals by:
- Providing education to the public and to healthcare providers on a variety of tobacco use and dependency topics ranging from helping addicted tobacco users to seek treatment via QuitNow-NH (1-800-QUIT-NOW) to preventing youth from starting to use tobacco.
- Monitoring compliance with the NH Indoor Smoking Act.
- Providing training and assistance with implementation of systems change for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence at NH healthcare facilities following Best Practice in US Department of Health and Human Services Clinical Practice Guidelines.
- Learn more at www.QuitWorksNH.org.
- Conducting surveys to measure tobacco use among New Hampshire residents, as well as to monitor attitudes, knowledge and practices regarding tobacco use in New Hampshire.
The way to quit tobacco use is the same whether you smoke, chew, snuff, or vape.
Start by making a quit plan which includes the following:
- Find out what your triggers your tobacco use. When you drive? When you feel uncomfortable? When you drink? With your morning cup of coffee? Worried about weight gain? Once you have identified what you associate tobacco use with, you will need to change your patterns.
- Ask about medications. The most successful quits are a combination of a quit plan for behavior change and medication or Nicotine Replacement Therapy. Talk to your doctor about what he or she recommends for you or call QuitNow-NH (1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669)).
- Create a support team. Quitting smoking is not something you want to do alone. It is just too difficult of a change to accomplish by yourself. The good news is that you don’t have to do it by yourself; friends and family members are willing to help. Go to nh.quitlogix.org join a community of smokers who are quitting, just like you.
- Pick a day to quit. Pick an actual date. Mark it on your calendar. Give yourself some time to prepare for this day. Choose a day that is not a day that you will have stressful things to deal with or need to be highly productive.