New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Health care providers can help all their patients who smoke by providing them with important information about tobacco treatment, regardless of their readiness to quit. Certain tobacco treatments can help patients manage their withdrawal symptoms and reach their personal goals, such as staying smoke-free when at home, at work, or with family. Treatment may include nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), such as patches, gums, lozenges, nasal sprays and inhalers, and oral medications, such as varenicline and bupropion SR.

In 2016, 9% of the Asian population in New York who smoked were less likely to use NRT, compared to 20% of the White population, 24% of the Black population, and 26% of the Hispanic/Latino population in New York.

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene encourages providers to:

  • Ask patients about their smoking history and offer tobacco treatment to all patients who smoke. Even for patients who are not ready to quit, NRT can help them reach their personal goals and improve their chances of quitting in the future.
  • Share information with patients about tobacco treatment, including which medications their insurance plans can cover and other ways to get medication.
  • Follow up regularly with patients who smoke to provide continuous counseling and medication support.
  • Refer patients to resources for additional coaching support.
    • Patients can call the Asian Smokers’ Quitline at 800-838-8917, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to midnight, or visit org.
    • Patients can also call the New York State Smokers’ Quitline at 866-NY-QUITS (866-697-8487) or visit com.

These tools and resources can help you support your patients who smoke, no matter what their goals are. If you have any questions, please email

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