MOST VERMONTERS TRY TO QUIT SMOKING ON THEIR OWN
Vermont Department of Health Offers Easy Access to Tools and Strategies to Increase Success
For Immediate Release: Nov. 20, 2008
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
Burlington, VT – Of the 50,000 Vermonters who tried to stop smoking last year, most think of themselves as “independent quitters,” interested in stopping smoking cigarettes in their own way, on their own terms. To honor the independence of these smokers, the Vermont Department of Health has created a suite of tools to help self-directed Vermonters quit.
Overcoming tobacco addiction can be a big challenge, and almost everyone needs some sort of support to be successful. People who are trying to quit smoking say what works is encouragement and great tools. The new “Your Quit. Your Way.” tools offered by the Vermont Quit Network were designed to be accessible where quitters live, work and play (online and offline), and available with no obligation.
“For many smokers, quitting on their own proves that they can regain the control they had lost to tobacco addiction,” said Health Commissioner Wendy Davis, MD. “We respect that commitment, and want to offer those Vermonters proven tools and strategies that can increase their chances of quitting for good.”
Smokers thinking about quitting can get quit tips, free quit tools, or sign up to have free nicotine gum, patches or lozenges delivered directly to their homes, by visiting VTQuitNetwork.org and clicking on “Your Quit. Your Way.” Those interested in extra help or advice can call 1.800.QUIT.NOW (784-8669) to setup an appointment with a phone or in-person quit coach.
The Vermont Department of Health has created the following free tools to help independent quitters:
- Pedometers to track steps taken instead of a cigarette break as part of a successful health and fitness program. Join the Get Moving Vermont! Fall Challenge 2008 at www.getmoving.vermont.gov to get healthy and win prizes.
- Distraction putty and worry stones that keep hands busy until a typical 3-5 minute nicotine craving passes. Independent quitters say that this is one of the tools they need the most.
- Quit Coaching Podcasts that provide tips and strategies for successfully quitting smoking, from experienced Vermont Quit Network counselors.
- Mini quit tip cards (48 tip cards in all) that can be put on a key ring, slipped into a cigarette pack, or into a car ashtray – as a visible reminder and to provide encouragement when cravings hit during a quit attempt.
These tools are available through community coalitions and hospitals around the state, and via direct mail. Materials can also be ordered through doctors’ offices affiliated with BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont and online at VTQuitNetwork.org. Radio stations around the state will also be airing a series of 42 radio spots featuring tips and strategies to help Vermonters quit smoking.
“The coming holidays, as well as the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on Nov. 20, are a time when Vermonters traditionally think seriously about quitting smoking,” added Dr. Davis. “We want them to know that if they need support, we’re here for them with ways to help.”
Vermont smokers who are interested in learning more about the support available when considering quitting should contact the Vermont Quit Network by checking out VTQuitNetwork.org, dialing 1.800.QUIT.NOW (784-8669) or visiting a Vermont Quit Network coach at a local Vermont hospital.
The Vermont Tobacco Control Program is funded by payments from the Master Settlement Agreement and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information, visit http://healthvermont.gov.