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Robin "I couldn’t walk 2 feet without being out of breath."
Margaret "I’m tougher than cigarettes. "
Liz "With a good support system, if you fail, they will help you get up again."
Kathleen "The money I saved by quitting smoking put me in the driver’s seat... of my brand new motorcycle."
Michael "Don't give up giving up cigarettes."
Bobbie "Focus on the positive; take it a day or even a minute at a time."
Ed "Believe that you can do it."
George "My counselor Trish, from the Quitline is a big reason for my success"
Representative Brian Ashe "It was one of the best things I did for myself."


About the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program

Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death and disease in Massachusetts.

More than 8,000 Massachusetts residents die each year from smoking, and many more face tobacco-related illnesses that cause disability and pain: cancers of the lung, larynx, throat, esophagus and mouth; heart disease and stroke; and emphysema and other respiratory illnesses. These are expensive diseases that incur high medical bills and add personal financial troubles to already stressed and grieving families.

The Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program is dedicated to reducing the health and economic burden of tobacco use by:

  • preventing young people from starting to smoke
  • helping current smokers quit protecting children and adults from secondhand smoke
  • identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities.

We continue to work toward an environment where all people in Massachusetts can live tobacco-free.

The Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program (MTCP) is part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

For more official information on the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program, please visit

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