802Quits’ list of recommended resources for more information.
There‘s a lot of information available to help you if you decide to try to quit smoking. 802Quits.org is a great start. For those looking for even more information, we’ve put together a list of our favorite resources.
Recommended Resources for Smokers
Learn the Truth about E-Cigarettes
802Quits cautions against using e-cigarettes to help you quit smoking. If you are ready to quit, use proven quit tools, including free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), in combination with in-person quit help or quit help by phone.
E-Cigarette Quick Facts and Resources
Information from the American Academy of Pediatrics on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), also called e-cigarettes, personal vaporizers, vape pens, e-cigars, e-hookah, or vaping devices.
802Quits’ Quit Online
802Quits’ Online Program is a leading resource to help you quit smoking. It gives you advice, tips and access to counseling to help you succeed. You can also have nicotine replacement patches, gum and lozenges shipped directly to your home. The Vermont Department of Health provides free access to the 802Quits’ Online Program for all Vermont residents.
Smokefree.gov – Quit Smoking Today
This website was designed with the help of ex-smokers and experts. It can help you prepare to quit and support you in the days and weeks after you quit. It also describes problems to expect when you quit. Being prepared can help you through the hard times.
The Great American Smokeout
This annual smoke-free day is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. It is an inspiration for thousands of people to quit smoking.
My Last Dip
MyLastDip helps people aged 14-25 quit using chew. Smokeless tobacco research experts with more than 30 years of experience created the program.
NCI Quitpal App
This free app offers tools to help you quit. These tools include:
- A calendar to set quit dates, track goals and schedule reminders
- A log to track daily smoking habits
- Graphics to show you the money you’ve saved and packs of cigarettes you didn’t smoke
- Health goal alerts and craving tips to keep you motivated
- A special tool so you can update your Facebook and Twitter friends every time you reach a goal
- A video diary with the ability to watch video messages from your loved ones
UbiQUITous Facebook App
This new app uses your social network to help you quit smoking. The app posts your daily quit progress to your Facebook timeline and notifies your friends when you reach big quit goals. These include goals like the day you quit smoking or when you hit one week smoke-free. This way, your friends and family know right away when to congratulate you. UbiQUITous also provides information about quitting that meets your specific needs. You’ll receive awards for reaching your quit goals and have access to tracking tools that show how much money you’ve saved by quitting, and your progress.
When it comes to substance abuse, you can be a positive influence on your kids.
As a parent, make sure you armed with the latest and most accurate info to equip your kids to handle substance abuse and other serious issues. Visit ParentUpVT.org.
Helping Yourself to Health
There are many small steps you can take to improve your health. Steps like quitting smoking, making better eating choices, and learning to manage stress. Helping Yourself to Health offers six Self-Management programs with free workshops throughout Vermont. Visit MyHealthyVT.org to get started.
Information to Help Members of Vermont’s LGBTQ Community Quit Smoking
Smoking rates among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) individuals in the U.S. is much higher than the rest of the population. The reasons for this include aggressive tobacco marketing and daily stress related to prejudice. Contact Pride Center of Vermont for more information or find quitting help over the phone or in person.
As the Health & Wellness Program Coordinator at Pride Center of Vermont, Mike understands firsthand the quitting challenges that face the LGBTQ community. After a number of attempts at quitting, Mike quit smoking and shares his story about the challenges he faced–and overcame. Mike is a Vermont Quit Partner and offers quit in-person classes at the Pride Center.
Information for Vermonters Dealing with Mental Health Issues
Quitting smoking improves mental health and reduces depression.
If you’re ready to quit, talk with your doctor and connect with your local Vermont Quit Partner or Quitline coach today to get free help and advice. Also, Vermont Department of Mental Health focuses on ensuring access to effective prevention, early intervention, and mental health treatment and support to all Vermonters. For more information, call (802) 828-3824 or visit mentalhealth.vermont.gov.
Ana quit smoking while being treated for bipolar disorder and high anxiety.
Ana, from Wallingford, shares her story about quitting smoking while being treated for high anxiety and bipolar disorder.
Recommended Sites for Older Adults
Quitting When You’re Older
Developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), “Quitting Smoking for Older Adults” provides information on the health consequences of smoking, worksheets, quizzes, strategies, FAQs, Quitters’ Tips, and links to other cessation tools.
The website is user-friendly to an older population with large-print text, opened captioned videos, and simple navigation.
Alzheimer’s and Smoking
Here are some important facts about Alzheimer’s and smoking:
- For adults over 65, Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.
- In the next five years, 20% of Vermonters will be 65 and older.
- 11,000 seniors in Vermont are living with Alzheimer’s disease, a number that continues to grow.
- Heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes – which can be caused by smoking increase the risk of Alzheimer’s.
- In 2013, 38% of Vermonters with declining brain function were current smokers.
Simple habits, like physical and mental exercises, good nutrition and positive relationships, can help keep your brain healthy and delay diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Here are some other ways to stay sharper, longer:
Get support from your doctor.
Ask your doctor to screen for dementia. Recognizing early signs and lowering your risks can improve your life and the lives of your loved ones.
Live a healthy lifestyle.
Physical activity and quitting smoking are two changes you can make that may help you stay sharper.
Recommended Sites for Teens and Tweens
Teens all around Vermont are speaking out about tobacco. Here are two sites where young people in Vermont can find out more about the dangers of tobacco and quitting smoking:
OVX (Our Voices Xposed) is a youth-led movement in Vermont to get the truth out about Big Tobacco. Check out OVX for fun stuff like free T-shirts and playing cards.