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#TobaccoFreeNJ News

The #TobaccoFreeNJ quarterly newsletter, created to keep you in the know!

Tobacco-Free for a Healthy NJ is a comprehensive tobacco prevention and cessation program funded by the NJ Department of Health, Office of Tobacco Control and Prevention, which works to reduce tobacco use and the negative impact of secondhand smoke in all counties of New Jersey.



BREAKING NEWS: According to a new study, Non-tobacco oral nicotine products were the second most prevalent nicotine product used by adolescents!

Breaking News: According to the National Youth Tobacco Survey, the youth use of e-cigarettes remains high, with 2.5 million (9.4%) of the nation's middle and high school students reporting current e-cigarette use!


Tobacco Prevention Highlight

Cessation/Great American Smokeout (GASO)

The Great American Smokeout is an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society (ACS). It is held on the 3rd Thursday of November. This social engineering event focuses on encouraging Americans to quit tobacco smoking. People are challenged to stop smoking for at least 24 hours assuming that their decision not to smoke will last longer, hopefully forever. Today, more than 43 million people in the U.S. smoke cigarettes, that is about 1 in 5 adults. Tobacco Free for Healthy NJ is providing resources to help you educate your community as well as direct them to cessation services.

For more information on all Quit Resources in New Jersey, CLICK HERE!


Click Below for More Information on NJ's Laws regarding tobacco use prevention and education!



Working At The Point-of-Sale!

The Paterson Coalition Against Substance Abuse (PCASA) just completed a store assessment project which included 67 stores located a half-mile from 8 of the 50 plus schools in the Paterson School District. The assessment team included Montclair State University interns, coalitions members and youth from Sankofa Academy. Youth were trained in conducting store assessments and focus groups were held with them as well. PCASA has received technical assistance with point-of-sale store assessments and point of sale policy options from Counter Tools in partnership with Tobacco Free for a Healthy NJ. These store assessments were aimed at learning more about the retail environment and how this could impact youth initiation with tobacco products in addition to other products that can negatively impact youth. Using this data, the PCASA team and coalition members will be engaging stakeholders to advocate for point-of-sale policy adoption including options for a locally held license and enforcement.

Coming Soon: Tobacco Point-of-Sale Toolkit and the Point-of-Sale Audit Tool

For more information on the Point-of-Sale work, please visit


This Is Quitting

  • Free mobile program from Truth Initiative

    • Designed to help young people quit vaping

  • Text messaging program that incorporates messages from other young people who are attempting to or have successfully quit

  • This Is Quitting is tailored based on ages within 13 to 24

Ready to Quit Vaping? Text VAPEFREENJ to 88709!


Health Equity Impact

October 10th is recognized as #WorldMentalHealthDay. Now, more than ever, we must make Mental Health and well-being a global priority, including providing cessation resources and services for all. Click the image below for more information!


Upcoming Events/Resources

Back to School Digital Backpack: Click Here!

October 25, 10:30AM-11:30AM:

Smoking Culture & Health Risks for the Queer Community: Register Here!

November 1, 10:30AM-11:30AM

Great American SmokeOut Tobacco Free Tuesday: Register Here!

November 1, 6:30PM-7:30PM

Great American SmokeOut Primers: Register Here!

November 9, 10:30AM-1:00PM

Don't Get Vaped In: Training: Register Here


For more information, click the image below!


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