Southeastern Pennsylvania Tobacco Control Project (SEPA TCP)


Between 2011 and October 2016:

  • 3,286 clients completed Tobacco Dependence Treatment
  • 86% of those completing treatment reported they had stopped smoking for one day or longer because they were trying to quit
  • 52% reported that they had quit smoking for 30 days by one month after treatment
  • 48% reported that they had quit smoking for 30 days by six months after treatment


Since 2007, HPC has been the Southeast Regional Primary Contractor for Pennsylvania's Department of Health's Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. Through this program, HPC staff, along with thirteen community-based service providers, work to prevent and reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, and Schuylkill Counties.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Tobacco Control Project (SEPA TCP) focuses on the following objectives: (1) prevent the initiation of tobacco use, (2) eliminate nonsmoker exposure to tobacco smoke pollution and second hand smoke, (3) promote smoking cessation, and (4) identify and eliminate tobacco-related disparities. SEPA TCP accomplishes these objectives through the following strategies:

  • Providing free Tobacco Dependence Treatment for individuals in Southeastern Pennsylvania who are addicted to tobacco and looking for help in quitting. We also work with the PA Free Quitline to provide additional resources and Nicotine Replacement Therapy to the region's smokers.

More than 3.5 million people live in the seven-county area that is served by the project (Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery and Schuylkill) and approximately 441,400 adults (16.1%) currently smoke cigarettes. Several thousand of smokers have received assistance in quitting through the SEPA TCP. SEPA TCP provides services for all individuals living in the region, with a particular focus on specialized populations such as low-income and underinsured populations, as well as those with behavioral health concerns. 

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  • Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership
  • ChesPenn Health Services
  • Clean Air Council
  • Council of Southeast PA Inc.
  • Council on Chemical Abuse
  • Crozer-Keystone Health System
  • Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems
  • Lancaster General Health
  • Lebanon Family Health Services
  • Main Line Health: Riddle Memorial Hospital
  • Mercy Suburban Hospital
  • Phoenixville Hospital
  • Schuylkill Health Conseling Center
  • The Wellness Connection
  • University of Pennsylvania

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