Tobacco Dependence and Smoking Cessation

Quitting Smoking and Treatment Options (contact: Pamela Valera; email:

In New Jersey, there are tobacco dependence and smoking cessation treatment available for the medically underserved and hidden populations (e.g., formerly incarcerated populations; migrant farmworkers, day laborers, Latinx, lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender people, and individuals living with HIV/AIDS)

Individuals in New Jersey who are interested in quitting smoking could participate in a smoking cessation treatment program supplemented with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), in the form of patches. If you are interested, please contact your nearest Quit Center or Quitline – Link

To learn about the prevalence of tobacco smoke in correctional populations, please read:

Valera, P., Reid, A., Acuna, N., & Mackey, D. (2019). The smoking behaviors of incarcerated smokers. Health Psychology Open – (Open PDF). Retrieved from:

Valera, P., Taylor, R.J., & Chatters, L.M. (2018). Criminal justice contact and physical and oral health among African Americans. Research in Race and Ethnic Relations, 20, 35-52. – (Open PDF)

Valera, P., Cook, S., Darout, R., Dumont, D. (2014). “They are not taking cigarettes from me…I’m going to smoke my cigarettes until the day I die. I don’t care if I get cancer:” The smoking behaviors among men under community supervision in New York City. Nicotine & Tob Research, 6, 800-806. – (Open PDF)