Healthy Choices - Healthy Lifestyle
xting Its no secret the popularity of vaping has grown among youth. As soon as new nicotine products hit the market with their sleek devices and enticing flavors, teens were hooked. Knowing the huge toll nicotine addiction will have an a teenager's future and health, one program has stepped in to take advantage of another common teen addiction: their smart phones.
The "This is Quitting" is a free and anonymous text messaging program from Truth Initiative designed to help young people quit vaping. The first-of-its-kind quit program incorporates messages from other young people like them who have attempted to, or successfully quit, e-cigarettes. Our messages show the real side of quitting, both the good and the bad, to help young people feel motivated, inspired and supported throughout their quitting process. We also send young people evidence-based tips and strategies to quit and stay quit. This is Quitting is tailored based on age (within 13 to 24 years old) and product usage to give teens and young adults appropriate recommendations about quitting.
We know from countless studies that Smoking Cessation is much more successful when you have social support. Youth should take the same approach with their quit attempts, especially from electronic products. Cessation programs aimed at youth should take advantage of teen's willingness to utilize anonymous texting as a means of support.