Quit Smoking or Vaping with the Nicotine and Tobacco Recovery Program

Whether you are ready to quit smoking or vaping today or simply thinking about it, the Institute for Prevention and Recovery (IFPR) can provide you with the support and tools you need to succeed.

IFPR has helped thousands of people overcome their addiction to nicotine. Our nicotine and tobacco recovery services are staffed with certified professionals who provide treatment under the Public Health Service Guidelines. Services are provided in Essex, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Somerset and Union Counties. Funding is provided by the New Jersey Department of Health, Office of Tobacco Control, Nutrition and Fitness.

Contact us for a confidential assessment:
Phone: 833-795-QUIT (833-795-7848)
Email: quitcenter@rwjbh.org
Web: Request an Appointment

Set Yourself Up for Success

On average, people try to quit smoking five to seven times before they successfully quit for good.

IFPR has helped thousands of people to overcome their addiction to nicotine. Our nicotine and tobacco recovery services are staffed with certified professionals who provide treatment under the Public Health Service Guidelines.

Studies show that individuals are four times more likely to quit smoking when participating in a structured tobacco recovery program as compared to attempting on their own.

About Our Quit Program

RWJBarnabas Health’s IFPR Quit Center is a resource for those who want to quit smoking or vaping.

If you or a loved one is struggling with nicotine or tobacco addiction, our Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists (CTTS) are available to help you quit.

Our Nicotine and Tobacco Recovery Program will help you establish a realistic quit date and your certified tobacco treatment specialist will provide multiple pathways and support during your quit experience.

Evidence-based treatment is provided using individual and/or group sessions as well as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).

Our specialists serve all ages.

The IFPR’s free, 8-week Nicotine and Tobacco Recovery Program will help:

  • Establish a realistic quit date and provide support and guidance throughout each individual’s quit experience
  • Provide information and individualized recommendations on the utilization of prescription and non-prescription smoking medication including bupropion, varenicline, and the nicotine patch, gum, lozenge, inhaler and nasal spray
  • Connect individuals with one-on-one or group sessions that accommodate their schedules
  • Identify effective tools to reduce withdrawal symptoms
  • Understand the impact of using e-devices like e-cigarettes (e-cigs) to vape

Visit our calendar to learn more about our free weekly virtual Nicotine and Tobacco Recovery Support Group.

If you’re wondering, “How can I find smoking cessation programs near me?” contact us today.

Benefits of Quitting Smoking

It is never too late to quit smoking or vaping. The sooner you quit, the more you can reduce your chances of getting lung cancer and other diseases.

Some of the benefits you will see when you quit smoking are:

  • Immediately your breath, clothes and hair smell better.
  • Within 20 minutes, your heart rate and blood pressure will drop.
  • Premature wrinkling of the skin and the staining of your teeth cease right away.
  • After a few days, your blood carbon monoxide levels return to normal.
  • Between 2 weeks and 3 months after quitting, circulation and lung function improve.
  • Within 1 to 12 months after quitting, coughing and shortness of breath decrease and risk of lung infection is reduced.
  • Within 1 to 2 years after quitting, heart attack risk drops dramatically.
  • Within 5 to 10 years after quitting, mouth, throat and voice box (larynx) cancer risks are reduced by 50 percent. Stroke risk also decreases.
  • About 10 years after quitting, lung cancer risk is about half of that of a person who is still smoking (after 10 to 15 years). Bladder, esophagus and kidney cancer risk decreases.
  • About 15 years after quitting, coronary artery disease risk is closer to that of a non-smoker.

Although they are many, these are only just a few of the health benefits you reap when you quit smoking permanently. Others include:

  • Reduced risk of cancer over time, including stomach, pancreas, liver, cervix, colon and rectum and acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cancers
  • Reduced risk of diabetes, improvement in the blood vessel, heart and lung function
  • Adding as much as 10 years to your life

Also, quitting while you are younger can reduce your health risks even more. For example, when you quit smoking before the age of 40, you reduce the risk of dying from the smoke-related disease by about 90 percent. Still, quitting at any age is encouraged and can give you back years of life that would be lost if you continued smoking.

“You can do it. After almost 30 years, I did and now I can feel more confident that I will be around to take care of my son.”
Ann Marie M., Lakewood, NJ

“I can breathe better, have stopped coughing in the morning, the sinus problems I have are improving and I have more energy. And, my sense of smell has increased so dramatically, I feel like I have superpowers!”
Jessica L., Harrison, NJ

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Educational Presentations to Our Communities

IFPR’s Quit Center offers informational presentations in the community or workplaces about how staff and others can use our services.

We also offer free educational presentations about the services offered to communities or agencies.

Email quitcenter@rwjbh.org for more information.

Educational Videos

Want to learn more about quitting smoking or vaping? Our video library on YouTube offers free videos for teens and adults who want to quit smoking or vaping. You can meet our Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists, learn facts about nicotine addiction, and hear messages of hope and support.

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