Ministry of Public Health launches new campaign to quit smoking
BOSTON (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has just launched a new public awareness campaign to quit smoking titled ‘To do the first step.’
The initiative for this new program is to connect Massachusetts residents with coaches specially trained to help adults quit smoking, vaping, or using other tobacco or nicotine products. The first step in the program is to start by calling the Massachusetts Quitline or by visiting mass.gov/quitting.
The Quitline program is a free program that gives adults looking to quit their tobacco or nicotine addiction the opportunity to work one-on-one with coaches and develop individualized plans.
“Make a plan, be prepared, and when you make a big change in your life the best thing you can do is go with a clear mind and be ready to have a plan. Talk to your support. Go there really mindful, ”said Sara Moriarty, program director at the Gandara Center.
According to a press release sent out by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, “Residents can also register for and receive online coaching services via e-chat. Medically eligible residents (18 and over) can get eight weeks of free quit smoking medications (patches, gums, lozenges) after speaking with a quit trainer.
“DPH has a long history of smoking cessation programs aimed at reducing the access and influence of tobacco and vaping products in our communities. ” said Acting Public Health Commissioner Margret Cooke. “Making the decision to quit smoking can be overwhelming. This program provides a pathway of support and resources to residents who wish to quit using tobacco and nicotine products. It’s never too late to quit.
Residents who enroll in this program are eligible for a variety of services such as:
- Individualized plan and advice on medications and alternatives to relieve cravings
- The program offers support to people who have had difficulty quitting nicotine in the past and need help
- Individual counselors and cessation groups to provide community support
- Multilingual Services and Support: Languages include English, Spanish and Arabic speaking coaches are available. Interpretation services are available for 200 languages.
According to the MDPH, there are more services available through 1-800-QUIT-NOW, which offers several specialized support programs:
- Support for people who are currently pregnant
- Support for people using menthol products
- American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program
- Additional coaching and support for people who report having anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD or substance use disorder
- Program for young adults who use tobacco or vape (18-24 years old, includes live text coaching)
- Special support for 12 to 17 year olds through a program called My Life, My Quit ™