Roswell Park Cancer Institute has been awarded a five-year, $20.6 million contract to continue operating the New York State Smokers' Quitline program it has operated since its inception in 2000.
The program, a state Health Department initiative, allows Roswell Park to provide comprehensive telephone services, online resources and services for healthcare providers with the end goal of helping tobacco users successfully quit.
The grant supports approximately 50 jobs, including 15 new positions created to address the expanding need for the services and help meet high-priority needs, Roswell Park said in a statement. The Quitline team also plans to expand outreach and resources for health providers.
The contract is awarded through competitive bid. Roswell Park has more than 40 years experience providing tobacco cessation call-center services, in addition to the statewide resource, Quitline, for the last 17 years.
The Quitline program, through its website nysmokefree.com, offers ready-access tools and resources such as videos and downloads to help tobacco users quit. Those who meet eligibility requirements, can obtain two-week nicotine-patch starter kits.