State: New Hampshire
Client(s): NH DHHS Division of Public Health Services, NH Tobacco Prevention & Control Program
Services: Health Care & Public Health Planning, Health Communication
Technical Expertise: Substance Use, Behavioral Health
New Hampshire’s Tobacco Prevention & Control Program (TPCP) implements tobacco control strategies recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Best Practices, including the NH Smokers Helpline.
The goal of this project was to expand and promote the NH Smokers' Helpline. With funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the project included a population-based media component which included the On the Road to Freedom Campaign.
As part of this campaign, 800 nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) kits were offered to employees of the Department of Transportation and their families. Additionally, the plan to expand and promote the NH Smokers' Helpline included a pilot project around systems change within clinicians' offices.
In collaboration with The Community Health Access Network (CHAN), Families First in Portsmouth received an estimated 200 NRT kits and technical assistance to ensure their patients are being asked about their smoking status during every visit. New electronic referral forms were used to contact the Helpline rather than the fax referral currently in place.