Clear the Air

Smoking Cessation at SUNY Upstate

Upstate supports you in quitting. Resources are available for all patients, visitors, employees and members of our community.

These resources are offered at no cost to you:

Meet the Smoking Cessation Program experts

Theresa Hankin
Theresa Hankin
Theresa is a Mayo Clinic trained certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and a Registered Respiratory Therapist for Upstate’s Cancer Center. She helps Upstate employees and anyone with an Upstate ID, at all Upstate locations become tobacco-FREE with counseling and free nicotine patches, gum and/or lozenges. Theresa holds a Quit Smoking Café the first Thursday of each month in the Cancer Center Atrium from 1pm to 3pm. All Cancer Center patients, their families and employees are welcome. Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to quit and nothing is working? Try something new and drop by the Quit Smoking Café. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call Theresa Hankin 464-3519 hankint@upstate.edu
Email: HankinT@upstate.edu
Phone: 315-464-3519
Suzanne Brisk
Suzanne Brisk
Suzanne, a Mayo Clinic Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, has helped people with behavior changes for a healthier lifestyle for more than 30 years. Suzanne holds a Master of Science in Health Education and is a Certified Personal Trainer, Behavior Specialist, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Wellness Practitioner and Certified Worksite Wellness Program Director. At Upstate, Suzanne’s primary role is to coordinate the Pathway to Wellness program. Suzanne is passionate about her job and wants to help persons who are ready to quit smoking be successful. Suzanne works with Upstate employees and the community.
Email: brisks@upstate.edu
Phone: 315-464-4565

Local Support With Quitting Smoking

Various local help that will support you in quitting. Resources are available for all patients, visitors, employees and members of our community.

These resources are offered at no cost to you:

  • Upstate’s Quit and Stay Quit Cessation Program (Syracuse) Theresa Hankin phone 315-464-3519 or email HankinT@upstate.edu
  • Upstate’s Cancer Center Quit Smoking Café(Syracuse) First Thursday of each month from 1 to 3pm
    Upstate Cancer Center (held in the atrium) 750 East Adams St. Syracuse, NY
  • Upstate’s Tobacco Users Support Group(Syracuse) “Get the help you need to make informed decisions” First Monday of the month, call for times
    Upstate’s Cancer Center 750 East Adams St. Syracuse, NY Call Theresa Hankin to register phone 315-464-3519
  • ALA Freedom from Smoking (Syracuse) Eight Week Cessation Program 315-218-0850
  • Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program (Chenango County) Cessation Program for Pregnant/Postpartum Tobacco Users phone 607-337-1660
  • Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program (Lewis County) Cessation Program for Pregnant/Postpartum Tobacco Users 315-376-5453
  • Bridges to Prevent Tobacco (Canastota) Individual Cessation Counseling 315-697-3947
  • Cayuga Center for Healthy Living (Ithaca) Cessation Counseling and Monthly Support Groups Kathy Eliason at 607-252-3590
  • Cortland Convenient Care (Cortland) Monthly Support Group Kathy Eliason at 607-252-3590
  • Cortland Regional Medical Center Commit to Quit! (Cortland) Six week cessation program Respiratory Care Department at 607-756-3807
  • Lourdes: ALA Freedom from Smoking (Binghamton) Eight Week Cessation Program 1-877-9LOURDES
  • Quit for Life: Excellus BCBS Members (Online) Cessation Counseling & Nicotine Replacement Therapy (if eligible) 1-800-442-8904 or Excellusbcbs
  • Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network (CNY) Quit Kit for Pregnant/PostPartum Tobacco Users 1-800-231-0744
  • Oneida County Health Department (Oneida County) Smoking Cessation Classes 315-798-5486
  • Samaritan Medical Outpatient Clinic (Watertown) Monthly Cessation Class 315-779-5060
  • Smoke Free for My Baby & Me Program (Oswego County) Cessation Program for Pregnant/PostPartum Tobacco Users 315-343-2590
  • Tobacco Cessation – Lewis County (Lowville) Cessation Program 315-376-5453
  • United Health Services (Binghamton) Telephone Cessation Counseling UHS Nurse Direct at 1-800-295-8088
  • United Health Services (Binghamton) Monthly Support Group UHS Stay Healthy Oakdale Mall at 1-607-763-5555