Media Advisory: State Health Commissioner Marks Millionth Call to Smokers Quitline

ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 8, 2009) - The New York State Smokers' Quitline rang in the New Year by reaching the milestone of 1 million calls in 2008 from smokers trying to quit. New York State is now one step closer to achieving its goal of 1 million fewer smokers by 2010. State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., will celebrate the progress in an event on Friday, Jan.9, in Buffalo, where the Quitline staff are located.

The state's Smokers Quitline also assists health professionals. Physicians and healthcare providers can use the Quitline service as a referral for their patients' stop-smoking plans and to enhance recommended and/or prescribed stop-smoking medications.

WHO: State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., representatives of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the NYS Smokers Quitline and former smokers.

WHAT: Celebrating the milestone of 1 million calls received by the Smokers Quitline from New Yorkers trying to quit.

WHERE: Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Zebro Conference Room, Elm and Carlton streets, Buffalo.

WHEN: Friday, January 9 at 1 p.m.