NEW YORK (WWTI) – There are various resources available to help young adults addicted to nicotine, as well as to educate parents on how to navigate difficult conversation with their children.
A National Youth Tobacco Survey by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found that nearly 40% of high school e-cigarette users use them 20 or more days per month and nearly a quarter of ‘of them use electronic cigarettes every day. .
The problem is addressed by various resources that may explain why young people should stop using nicotine products through the New York State Smokers Quitline and its partners. The Quitline website offers many possibilities to help young people.
One option is to sign up to speak with a “Quit Smoking Coach” any day of the week after 9:00 am. The goal of the coach is to empower tobacco users through free personalized coaching. The website also serves to connect NYS residents aged 18 or older to a free supply of quit smoking medications, such as nicotine patches, nicotine gum, or nicotine lozenges.
The Quitline recommends that parents and guardians check out a new resource from the New York Department of Health, titled “How to Talk With Your Kids About Tobacco and E-cigarettes: A Coaching Guide.” The guide provides an overview on how to prevent their child from starting an addiction and more information.
Another publicly available resource is a YouTube video featuring young adults from NYS who shared information on the benefits of going tobacco-free. Many of the panelists are young adults who smoked or vape as a teenager, but now enjoy better focus, focus, breathing, and overall health from a tobacco-free life.
The Quitline also promotes the NYS-specific version of the Truth Initiative’s textual intervention, “This Is Quitting”. The Initiative is a free, anonymous text messaging program that was created with input from teens, students, and young adults who have tried or successfully quit vaping. Residents can receive age-appropriate quit recommendations by texting âDropTheVapeâ to 88709 to access the free program.
The Quitline encourages everyone across NYS to view the back-to-school season as an opportunity to educate or re-educate and re-educate about the resources available to become tobacco-free.