If you smoke, quitting is an important step toward a healthier life and it reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease.
Quitting smoking is hard, and most people try several times before they are able to quit for good. Keep trying – the sooner you quit, the sooner your body can start to heal.
The Employee Smoking Cessation Assistance Program (ESCAPE) offers FREE quit-smoking and quit vaping support for all eligible City employees and members of their households, including:
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Making a decision to quit is the first and most important step in successfully quitting. Here is what will happen when you enroll with ESCAPE:
ESCAPE is a personalized and confidential service to meet your needs. “Confidential” means that we do not to reveal your participation in the program to anyone unless we have your permission.
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Call us at 347-396-4403 to make 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.
Drop in to see us Wednesday from 11am - 5pm at:
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
● Bus: Q32, Q60
● Train: Queensboro Plaza (7, N, W), Queens Plaza (E, M, R), Court Square (G), 21 St – Queensbridge (F)
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.
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.
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E-cigarettes are devices that heat a liquid, called e-liquid, into an aerosol that the user can inhale. Although e-liquids do not contain tobacco, they contain chemicals, often including flavorings, and almost always contain nicotine, which is addictive.
The evidence for e-cigarettes as a tool to help adults quit smoking is limited. To date, no e-cigarettes have been approved by the FDA as smoking-cessation devices.
People trying to quit should use FDA-approved medications, including over-the-counter and prescription options, which are safe, effective, and available for FREE from ESCAPE.
For more information and resources about e-cigarettes, please visit the New York City Health Department e-cigarette webpage.
Information to help you manage cravings and quit for good. Learn More