People who attend New Jersey Quitcenters have double the rate of success in quitting smoking than people who try to quit on their own, according to a report by the N.J. Department of Health and Senior Services. The study showed that clients were heavy smokers, having smoked a pack a day for 25 years, and had tried to quit several times on their own.
Research was conducted at the Center for Tobacco Surveillance and Evaluation Research of the UMDNJ-School of Public Health. After six months at a N.J. Quitcenter, 24.4% of clients reported not using tobacco products. Only appoximately 10.8% have succeeded in quitting on their own, according to the U.S. Public Health Service. The eight Quitcenters are funded by the NJDHSS.
For more information on where to locate a Quitcenter, visit www.tobaccoprogram.org/quitcenters.htm. For the report, A Profile of New Jersey Quitcenters, go to www.state.nj.us/health/as/ctcp/documents/cessation_brief_Sep4.pdf.