Nearly 76 percent of New Jersey smokers want to quit but only three percent are able to succeed without help. Many smokers will be especially motivated to quit as a result of New Jersey’s indoor public places and workplace smoking ban. As such, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services has formed a partnership with the American Cancer Society Eastern Division, the American Lung Association of New Jersey, and the American Heart Association – Heritage Affiliate to encourage smokers who want to quit to get help and inform them about the effective tools available to succeed in quitting. These include New Jersey’s free Quit Services – NJ Quitline and NJ QuitNet®.
Effective April 15, 2006, indoor public places and workplaces across the State will be smoke free. The Act ensures that workers have a safe workplace and that all nonsmokers, including children and senior citizens, can breathe smoke-free air in the public places they visit. The Act states that tobacco smoke constitutes a substantial health hazard, and therefore, it is clearly in the public interest to prohibit smoking in enclosed indoor places.Educational and implementation materials are posted here in English and Spanish.