Berkshire Tobacco-Free Community Partnership
The Berkshire Tobacco-Free Community Partnership is part of a statewide network of programs funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to support communities’ efforts to help people quit using tobacco, prevent youth from starting, and protect everyone from secondhand smoke.
The Berkshire Tobacco-Free Community Partnership works to enhance state and local tobacco control efforts, mobilize support for community change, and highlight work being done in the community to support tobacco-free living. We provide technical assistance and resources to local coalitions, service agencies, municipalities and workplaces on tobacco intervention efforts. Visit the TFCP Facebook page.
Do you or someone you know want to quit smoking?
If you are a smoker, quitting is the single most important step you can take to protect your health and the health of your loved ones. Smoking causes immediate damage to your body and increases your risk for many kinds of cancers, as well as heart attack, lung disease, and early death.
Having a plan makes it easier to quit. Set a date to quit smoking and get your friends and family prepared to support you. If you want to quit and you’ve already tried in the past, don’t give up. It takes most smokers several tries before they are able to quit for good. Quitting can be hard, but with planning and support you can free yourself from this addiction.
The Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline, 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669), is available to help coach and support you through quitting, and it’s free. Talk to your doctor about quit-smoking medicines that might work for you; most insurance, including MassHealth, covers these medicines. Using coaching and quit-smoking medicines together can make you three times as likely to quit for good.
If you want to quit and you’ve already tried in the past, don’t give up. It takes most smokers several tries before they are able to quit for good. You can do it!
For more information and resources on quitting, visit www.makesmokinghistory.org.
For information about how the Berkshire Tobacco-Free Community Partnership can help you promote tobacco-free living, call 413-447-2417.
Robbing the Future
This video accompanies the U.S. Surgeon General’s 2014 report on smoking and health. It explores the ways that the tobacco industry targets young people, the growing popularity of emerging products, such as e-cigarettes, and the dangers associated with these products.
Quit Smoking Resources
Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline
Free telephone-based counseling and advice available in English and Spanish, with translation for other languages.
Pittsfield: Hillcrest Campus of BMC, 413-445-9232
North Adams: Northern Berkshire Campus of BMC, 413-664-5057
Great Barrington: Fairview Hospital, 413-854-9929
Free educational materials and quit smoking tips from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
www.becomeanex.org: Re-Learn life without cigarettes. Join an online community.
Center for Disease Control
www.teen.smokefree.gov. Includes QuitSTART: a free phone app to help track cravings, moods, and monitor progress toward smokefree milestones.
CDC support includes Smokefree TXT: a mobile texting service designed to provide 24/7 encouragement, tips, and advice to help smokers quit and stay quit.
National Cancer Institute
NCI’s LiveHelp Service: Live online information and advice about quitting smoking through real-time instant messaging. https://livehelp.cancer.gov/app/chat/chat_launch
NCI QuitPal: a free phone app provides tools to help those who want to be smoke-free with research-based strategies. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/tobacco/smoking/quitting/nciquitpal-app
Tobacco cessation counseling is free and FDA-approved medicines are covered with regular co-pay.
MassHealth Customer Service: 1-800-841-2900
Tobacco-Free Advocacy Resources
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids—Leading the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world.
The 84 Movement—Youth fighting for a tobacco-free generation in Massachusetts.
Tobacco Free Mass—Advocates for policies and resources that prevent tobacco use and nicotine addiction.
Free support is available at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). For more information on how to quit for good, visit www.makesmokinghistory.org.
For information about how the Berkshire Tobacco-Free Community Partnership can be a resource to you contact Berkshire AHEC at 413-447-2417.
The following program is not available for LMHC credit hours.