HACKENSACK, NJ -- Roughly 14 percent of New Jersey adults smoke cigarettes. Although this number has decreased since 2010, multiple organizations are working to give those who live or work in Bergen County the tools and resources to make the commitment to quit. 

Quitting isn’t easy, however an estimated seven out of 10 current smokers wish to quit. Counseling and medication are both effective quitting methods, and even more effective when used in combination.

Through the Bergen-Hudson Chronic Disease Coalition, the Bergen County Department of Health Services offers FREE individual smoking cessation counseling at the County Administration Building which is located at One Bergen County Plaza.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Melissa Fraas at 201-634-2608. Appointment times are flexible.

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Moreover, Hackensack Meridian Health offers both individual and group cessation services through the Health Awareness Regional Program, located at Hackensack UMC Fitness & Wellness Center, 87 Route 17 North in Maywood.  For more information, call 551-996-2038. Group days/times may vary.

For individuals whose primary language is Spanish, you may be eligible to participate in the DecÍdetext study, a message-based smoking cessation support service sponsored by the John Theurer Cancer Center, Hackensack Meridian Health, and funded by the National Institute of Health. To see if you are eligible, call 551-996-4242.

If you would like more information about tobacco cessation programs in the Bergen County area, call Melissa Fraas, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, at 201-634-2608 or email mfraas@co.bergen.nj.us