Smoking Cessation at St. Vincent’s

Want To Stop Smoking? We Can Help

It’s hard to quit smoking. But it’s the single most important thing you can do for your health. When you quit smoking, you’ll lengthen and improve the quality of your life — and hopefully, prevent cancer. 

You can quit smoking. We can help. 


SmokeStoppers: We Help You Quit

SmokeStoppers at St. Vincent’s is a tobacco prevention and cessation program for teens and adults throughout Connecticut. Led by a SmokeStoppers Program Facilitator, this course will guide you through the actual stages of quitting. We give you the tools and support you need to give up smoking for good.  

The SmokeStoppers consist of eight sessions divided into three stages:

  • Quitters' Countdown: Prepares smokers psychologically and physically for the quitting experience

  • Learning to Stop: Offers the techniques, guidance and structure necessary for cessation during the critical first days of nicotine withdrawal

  • Staying Smoke Free: Creates a system that addresses transitional needs and eases the way to permanent cessation

For more information about Smoke Stoppers, please call (203) 576-5451.


SmokeStoppers For Teens: Lowering Teen Smoking Statistics

At St. Vincent’s Medical Center, we are working to lower these alarming teen smoking statistics:

  • Average age a Connecticut child starts smoking: 11.7

  • 6,000 Connecticut children take up smoking each year

  • 90% of smokers begin before age 18

  • 90% of all lung cancers results from smoking

Our program, St. Vincent's Teen SmokeStoppers Program, sponsored by St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound, provides free interactive teen smoking prevention and cessation classes in schools throughout the state. SmokeStoppers reaches approximately 20,000 students with smoking prevention and awareness workshops. By working with teens, their families and their communities, we can make a difference in teen health and lower the alarming teen smoking statistics.


Schedule A Smoking Cessation Class 

To schedule a smoking cessation class for your school or organization, or to inquire about an upcoming Teen SmokeStoppers class at St. Vincent’s, contact Janelle Jesse at (978) 930-9817 or email her at janelle.jessee@ascension.org.


Connecticut QuitLine

The Connecticut QuitLine can be reached at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. When you join the QuitLine program, a Quit Coach® will help you live without tobacco using "The 4 Essential Practices to Quit For Life," principles based on 25 years of research and experience helping people quit tobacco.