Use of Vermont Quit Network Services Up 83%
Vermonters Increasingly Using Online Tools to Quit Smoking
For Immediate Release
Date November 19, 2009
Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
Kelliher Samets Volk
Burlington, VT – Use of the Vermont Quit Network, a service of the Vermont Department of Health, grew by 83 percent over the last year, with Vermonters increasingly using online tools to help them quit smoking cigarettes.
Online registrations for the Vermont Quit Network’s online support service more than tripled, creating a large demand for other free services that include quit tips, distraction tools and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) delivered directly to Vermonters’ homes. Traffic to the Vermont Quit Network’s other access points also increased:
- Call volume for the Quit by Phone services rose by 28 percent.
- Clients counseled through the Quit in Person services increased 32 percent.
As a part of the Vermont Quit Network, smokers can sign up to have free nicotine gum, patches or lozenges delivered directly to their homes (while supplies last) by visiting VTQuitNetwork.org and clicking on “Your Quit. Your Way” where they can also check out quit tips and strategies and order free quit tools. Those interested in a little extra help can register for phone coaching, in person group coaching or online coaching services by visiting VTQuitNetwork.org or by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669).
Most Vermont smokers think of themselves as “independent quitters,” interested in quitting cigarettes in their own way, on their own terms. To help them take back the control lost to this addiction, the Vermont Department of Health offers the Vermont Quit Network’s “Your Quit. Your Way.” suite of tools to help these self-directed Vermonters quit:
- Pedometers to track steps taken (instead of a cigarette break) as part of a successful health and fitness program.
- Distraction putty and worry stones that keep hands busy until a typical 5 minute nicotine craving passes.
- Quit Coaching Podcasts with proven strategies for successfully quitting smoking from Vermont Quit Network quit coaches.
- Quit Cards that include tips and strategies for getting through cravings and ideas on creating a quit plan.
Vermont Quit Network tools are available through community coalitions, Health Department District Offices, Quit in Person coaching groups around the state, and via direct mail. Materials can also be ordered online at VTQuitNetwork.org.
These free resources, combined with the changing of the seasons, make it the perfect time to try to quit smoking.
“The coming holidays, as well as the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout on Nov. 19, are a time when Vermonters traditionally think seriously about quitting smoking,” said Tobacco Program Control Chief Sheri Lynn. “We want all Vermonters to know that if they need expert support – whether it’s online or offline – we’re here with a range of services.”
To reach smokers when and where they need support the most, the Vermont Department of Health has also developed a mobile contest. Quitters can send via text message their favorite quit-smoking tip; everyone who sends a tip will be entered into weekly drawings to win $25 gas cards. The winning tips will be shared as text messages with all who sign up. The Vermont Quit Network also is promoting its free quit tools and services with a Facebook fan page and online banner ads, and radio stations around the state will be airing a series of 42 ads featuring proven tips and information to help Vermonters quit smoking.
Vermont smokers, and their friends and family, who are interested in learning more about the support available when considering quitting should contact the Vermont Quit Network by checking out VTQuitNetwork.org, dialing 1.800.QUIT.NOW (784-8669) or calling a Vermont Quit Network coach at a local Vermont hospital. The Vermont Tobacco Control Program is funded by payments from the Master Settlement Agreement and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information, visit http://healthvermont.gov.