Vermont Department of Health Offers New Online Service to Help Vermonters Quit Smoking

QuitNet Offers Online Support, $100 Value

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 26, 2005

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BURLINGTON – The Vermont Department of Health now offers Vermonters free access to QuitNet, a worldwide website designed to help people successfully quit smoking.

QuitNet offers peer support to help stop smoking through an online community with hundreds of individuals logged on at any given time, as well as expert advice and nicotine replacement therapy product information to help them quit. Smokers can also find out how much they’ll save by quitting with QuitNet’s smoking calculator.

The Vermont Department of Health, through a contractual agreement with QuitNet, provides the service free to any resident of the state. Vermonters can access this national online resource by going to www.VermontQuitNet.com and entering their ZIP code.

The Vermont Department of Health also offers another online resource, www.tobaccostories.org, which uses the latest in animation technology to provide a way for Vermonters to tell their personal stories about the impact of smoking on their lives.

“More Americans are looking for health information every day on the Internet, so the QuitNet service is one more way that we can reach out to residents to provide support for those who want to quit smoking,” said Vermont Health Commissioner Paul Jarris, MD.

The Vermont Department of Health is encouraging business leaders in the state to let their employees know about this free and confidential online resource. Quitting smoking not only promotes healthy living for individuals, it also reduces the overall medical costs associated with smoking.

The Vermont Department of Health offers a wide variety of services to help Vermonters quit smoking, including www.VermontQuitNet.com, the Vermont Quit Line (toll-free, 1-877-YES-QUIT or 877-937-7848), and the Ready, Set…STOP program at local hospitals. Research shows that quit-smoking counseling doubles the chances of success.