Ready to quit? You can end your tobacco or vaping habit | The Manchester Journal | #parents | #teensvaping

By Victoria Silsby

People who smoke or vape are encouraged to quit now more than ever.

“There has never been a better time and there has never been a better reason to quit,” said Dr. Mark Levine, Vermont Commissioner of Health during a press conference March 27.

Since people in Vermont are living under a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, tobacco and vape users are encouraged to take this opportunity and quit.

Without many of the preCOVID-19 distractions, routines and appointments to follow through with, many are able to better focus on the intention of quitting smoking or vaping or to virtually support someone you know who is quitting.

Parents who have been meaning to have a conversation with their child can use the time together in the house to initiate that discussion about the increased risks of harm from smoking or vaping.

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Parents should let their child know they are unconditionally loved and supported, and that their health and well-being is the utmost concern. Let them know they have your support to quit smoking or vaping. Together, explore ways to quit and identify cessation tools and resources the child can use, and tools and resources to support them in the cessation process.

Thinking about quitting smoking or vaping yourself? 802QUITS.org or 1-800-QUIT-NOW is a free resource to adults and teens who want to quit using nicotine or are trying to stay nicotine free. 802QUITS.org or 1-800-QUIT-NOW provides FREE online, text and phone services, make your own quit plan, and patches, gum, lozenges (some restrictions for nicotine replacement may apply).

Think of breaking the habit and recovering from nicotine addiction as learning something new. 802QUITS.org or 1-800-QUIT-NOW provides free tools and resources to learn how to adopt new and healthy habits.

“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today,” Benjamin Franklin. Start today by contacting 802QUITS.org or 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Victoria Silsby is a prevention specialist with The Collaborative. She is available to answer questions by phone or email at 802-824-4200 or victoria@thecollaborative.us.

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