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If now sounds like a good time to quit smoking, you can tap into many community resources.

URMC Healthy Living

The URMC Healthy Living Center offers a Tobacco Dependence Program to help those who use tobacco improve their health, regardless of their desire to stop. Individual counseling is provided; a treatment plan typically includes four to six appointments, the first of which is in-person but the remaining can be done by phone. The Healthy Living Center is located at 46 Prince St. with plenty of free parking. Call (585) 530-2050 for information.

New York State Smokers' Quitline

Some smokers are more likely to quit with the structure of a group support, but others may prefer to get one-on-one help via the telephone. If this sounds like you, try the New York State Smokers' Quitline. It offers:

  • A free starter kit of nicotine patches, gum or lozenges for eligible NYS smokers
  • Trained Quitline Specialists offering help with quit plans
  • Information about local stop smoking programs
  • Informational taped messages

Call the NYS Smokers' Quitline at 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487).

Ready to Quit?

Here are a few good tips if you are ready to quit smoking:

  • Set a quit date.
  • Tell family, friends, and co-workers of your quit plan.
  • Get rid of all tobacco products.
  • Know your triggers.
  • Drink lots of water and juice.
  • Use hard candy or gum.
  • Keep your hands busy.
  • Begin an exercise plan.
  • Reward yourself.