Send Dad A Loving and Life-Saving Message This Father's Day

Thursday, June 16, 2011

BUFFALO, NY —The New York State Smokers’ Quitline is joining with families across New York State to honor and express appreciation for dads on this Father’s Day. To help you celebrate this special occasion, the Quitline, which is based at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), is providing New Yorkers with access to a free e-card that they can send to congratulate those dads who have stopped smoking, and a different card to send to urge dads who are still struggling to keep trying to quit smoking.

The two free e-cards can be accessed at http://www.nysmokefree.com — click on the “Encouraging DADS to Quit Smoking” graphic to view and send them.

If your dad still smokes, tell him to contact the New York State Smokers’ Quitline, 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487), or visit nysmokefree.com for free coaching tips for quitting and a starter kit of nicotine patches or gum. Most smokers qualify for the free two-week starter kit of nicotine patches or gum. Call hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. RPCI, founded in 1898, was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI’s website at http://www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email askrpci@roswellpark.org.

Media Contact: 

Annie Deck-Miller, Senior Media Relations Manager
716-845-8593; annie.deck-miller@roswellpark.org