Tobacco-Free Community Partnership

    Berkshire Tobacco-Free Community Partnership


Tobacco-Free Community Partnerships (TFCPs) are funded by the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention program to support communities’ efforts to help people quit using tobacco, prevent youth from starting, and protect everyone from secondhand smoke.  TFCPs educate local groups on tobacco issues and work with tobacco control programs at municipal Boards of Health to support tobacco-related health regulations.  Each Community Partnership program is part of a statewide network of programs that work 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.


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.

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



For information about how the Berkshire Tobacco-Free Community Partnership can help you promote tobacco-free living, call  Joyce Brewer, TFCP Program Manager at 413-842-5160 or email

Tobacco Use By Youth Is Rising – February 2019 – Vital Signs

Quit Smoking Resources


Brand New Resources to help youth quit

  • This is Quitting powered by truth® is a free and confidential texting program for young people who vape. Text “VapeFreeMass” to 88709. In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

  • My Life, My Quit TM has youth coach specialists trained to help young people by phone or text. Young people can call or text “Start My Quit” to 855-891-9989 for free and confidential help. or sign up online at

  • Visit for tools and tips.

  • Encourage young people to ask their school nurse or counselor, athletic coach, doctor, parent or other trusted adult for help.

  • For more information, young people can visit

  • More information for parents/adults is available at


Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline

1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)

Free telephone-based counseling and advice available in English and Spanish, with translation for other languages.


Berkshire Health Systems Tobacco Treatment Services

Great Barrington:  Fairview Hospital, 413-854-9929  

Free educational materials and quit smoking tips from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  Re-Learn life without cigarettes.  Join an online community.

Center for Disease Control  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.

NCI QuitPal:  a free phone app provides tools to help those who want to be smoke-free with research-based strategies.


MassHealth Members

Tobacco cessation counseling is free and MassHealth has eliminated co-pays on products that help people quit smoking, including nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) like gum, patches, and lozenges.

MassHealth Customer Service:  1-800-841-2900 ( TTY: 1-800-497-4684


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

For information about how the Berkshire Tobacco-Free Community Partnership can be a resource to you contact  Joyce Brewer , TFCP Program Manager at  Berkshire AHEC at 413-842-5160 or

The following program is not available for LMHC credit hours.

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