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The Boston Public Health Commission’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program aims to curb the impact that smoking and vaping has on the health of Boston’s residents and visitors. We work in all of Boston’s neighborhoods to protect residents, workers, students, and youth from the harmful effects of tobacco smoke and vaping. 


Through regulatory efforts, collaboration with other city agencies, community organizations, health care organizations, higher education institutions and residents, our work has helped Boston: 

  • Protect workers by making work environments smoke-free and vape-free.
  • Protect teens and young adults from starting to smoke or vape by regulating and enforcing regulations regarding:
    • the sale of tobacco and nicotine products, including e-cigarettes (vapes), blunt wraps, and flavored tobacco
    • the pricing and packaging of cigars
    • the prohibition of tobacco including nicotine-delivery product sales at educational institutions


Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and affecting the general health of smokers and those exposed to secondhand smoke. Vaping has also been linked to serious illnesses. The only protection from the dangerous effects of smoking and vaping is to live smoke-free and vape-free. The rewards of quitting are almost immediate and are well worth making the commitment. Learn more about the benefits of quitting here.

We can help you quit! You are not alone! There are a number of programs in Boston to help you quit. Individuals can get eight weeks of free nicotine replacement treatment (patches) by participating in counseling through 1-800 (1-800-784-8669).

Register for a CASH incentivized program to help you quit using Menthol-Flavored Tobacco Products.

MA Smoker's Helpline is offering a CASH incentive program to residents who use menthol tobacco products. Program details:

  1. Residents will receive:
    1. $10 after completing the first coaching call.
    2. $15 after the second coaching call. 
    3. $25 after the third coaching call. 
  2. If residents enroll online, they must complete coaching calls via telephone to receive cash. 
  3. The program may be time-limited pending utility and availability of funds. 
  4. Up to 8 weeks of free Nicotine Replacement Therapy is available to residents who speak with a coach (once screened for medical eligibility). 
  5. Patients are encouraged to take advantage of the Helpline's full offerings including a total of 5 coaching calls, unlimited calls to the helpline, and online support. 
To access the MA Smokers' Helpline, MA residents can:
  1. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW
  2. Enroll online at 
  3. Be referred to the Helpline or by a healthcare, behavioral health, or social service provider at QUITWORKS.

Register for the Basic Skills for Working with Smokers Training

For more information click here.


Boston was the first city in the United States to prohibit the sale of tobacco products at college campuses and other institutions of higher education. Boston was the second city to prohibit the sale of tobacco products at pharmacies and other healthcare institutions.

SEPTEMBER 18, 2019: Under Mayor Walsh's leadership, the Boston Public Health Commission and Board of Health are actively moving forward with engaging the community through a comment period regarding a regulatory proposal to reduce youth nicotine initiation over the long term. BPHC remains committed to permanently closing the menthol loophole for both tobacco and nicotine products as well as ensuring retailer accountability as important next steps to ensure that Boston's young people are protected from lifelong nicotine addiction. You can read more about the proposed changes to regulations online at

SEPTEMBER 24, 2019: On September 24, 2019, the Governor declared a public health emergency in response to the outbreak of severe lung disease associated with e-cigarettes and vaping products and the epidemic of e-cigarette use among youth.  While the national investigation has not yet identified a specific e-cigarette or vaping product or substance that is linked to all cases, a common factor is a history of e-cigarette use and vaping.  This led the Governor to declare this public health emergency. Click here to learn more.


If you have any questions or need language translation assistance, please contact the Boston Tobacco Prevention and Control Program at or 617-534-4718

​If you have any questions or need language translation assistance, please contact the Boston Tobacco Prevention and Control Program at or 617-534-4718​
Boston Public Health Commission
1010 Massachusetts Ave, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02118.
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