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If you smoke, quitting is the most important thing you can do to improve your health and quality of life.


Quitting smoking is hard, and most people try several times before they are able to quit for good. Keep trying – there are health benefits for each smoke-free day!







The resources below can help you on your journey to a smoke-free life!

Reasons to Quit

Quitting will save you money, improve your health, and protect your loved ones from secondhand smoke.  Learn More


Quitting smoking can help you:

Breathe more easily Have a better sense of taste
Save Money Have more energy
Have an improved sense of smell Have fewer sick days
Have clearer skin Have better breath
Have whiter teeth Have a healthier and longer life



Find your reason to quit and keep it in mind when you’re craving a cigarette.

Employee Smoking Cessation Program (ESCAPE)

ESCAPE offers free medication and confidential counseling.  Learn More


ESCAPE offers FREE quit-smoking support for all City employees and members of their households:

  • Medications (nicotine patch, gum and lozenge, Zyban® (bupropion) and Chantix® (varenicline))

  • Confidential counseling provided by trained specialists in-person or by phone


Learn more about the Escape Program or call 212-676-2393 today for an appointment.*

*If you get the ESCAPE voicemail, please leave a message with your name and phone number and an ESCAPE counselor will call you back within 2 days.


The HelpMeQuit app offers on-the-go motivation and support.  Learn More


The NYC Health Department's new mobile app, NYC HelpMeQuit, is a free resource to help you say goodbye to cigarettes.


HelpMeQuit can track and celebrate your progress, offer tips on how to outlast cravings, and connect you with other quitters for support. The app also helps you stay motivated with personal reasons why you should avoid smoking, and it can keep you distracted with games when that craving hits.

Download NYC HelpMeQuit for Android or iOS today!

Resources to Quit

Information to help you manage cravings and quit for good.  Learn More