News @ JSI

Still Saying No To Tobacco After All These Years

May 31, 2017

Tobacco not only ruins people’s health, it harms communities, animals, the environment, economies, and therefore the entire world. JSI has been working against tobacco in the U.S. for more than 20 years through education, prevention, treatment, and systems change initiatives. We are continuing our work as the tobacco epidemic morphs into the electronic age with smokeless products, combustible devices, and insidious big tobacco tactics aimed at building child consumers who will be hooked into a life of tobacco dependence, now understood to be a chronic brain disorder.

On World No Tobacco Day and every day, JSI stands with the international effort to confront the global tobacco crisis by supporting local government and the general public through our ongoing work to prevent tobacco initiation and use.

Selected projects we are working on now

Here’s a snapshot of how JSI is helping to decrease the cost and burden of tobacco-related morbidity and mortality.

JSI has just launched No Judgements, a new statewide cessation campaign funded by the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services, Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. These two animated videos promote the state’s quitline so that residents can access free medication and tobacco treatment.

JSI works with Medicaid and other health plans to support the promotion of tobacco cessation benefits. We’ve been collaborating with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to train providers on benefits to Medicaid members and to develop easy to use education and promotion tools.

What Providers Need to Know Provider Fact Sheet

JSI recently presented interim findings on a local asthma study that we are conducting for a Massachusetts community at the “The Power of Integration” 8th Annual Community Health Worker/Patient Navigator Conference. Check out our work for the Reducing Older Adult Asthma Disparities (ROAAD) Study. Tobacco treatment referrals were made to help the older adult clients of the Lowell Community Health Center who have poorly managed asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

See some of our publications from our evaluation and strategic planning activities in Vermont.

Legacy project

Tri-state Smokers’ Helpline and Resource Center

JSI has had a major impact in three New England states, serving over 141,000 residents of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire through our 14-year tenure (2001-15) managing the Tri-state-funded Smokers’ Helpline and Resource Center. JSI’s highly-trained staff provided science-based and culturally-informed tobacco treatment services through multi-session coaching over the phone. We also distributed quit guides and nicotine replacement therapy patches to help smokers and other tobacco users overcome their tobacco addiction. We operationalized the nationally-recognized QuitWorks program by equipping health care providers with the information and tools needed to assist their patients to quit. We also provided education on the harms of tobacco and the merits of tobacco control to policy-makers and to the general public. JSI worked closely with key health plans to address quitline sustainability, and collaborated with hundreds of health care institutions and scores of community based organizations to extend the reach of the Helpline to all who might benefit from its services. We developed and supported major media campaigns, initiated texting programs, designed and managed multiple websites, and conducted client follow-up evaluations to determine quit status and service satisfaction. Our work contributed to the reduction in tobacco use prevalence rates in all three states. Read more about how JSI’s responsive tobacco-cessation resource center led the way for other tobacco helplines nationwide.

See how we operationalized a unique co-located helpline model for three New England states.

Meet George, who we helped to quit smoking through the Massachusetts Smokers Quitline.

JSI stays relevant. Read how we helped to educate lawmakers on new tobacco products hitting the streets.


JSI’s success is due in large part to the passion of its staff. Read what long time JSIer Nancy Pendarvis Harris has to say in her opinion piece: Tobacco Control - The First Community Mobilization Movement.