Most Vermonters who smoke want to quit. You may be one of them, or know someone who is trying to quit tobacco, vaping or nicotine. Although it can be hard, with the right tools and support, you can do it. Whether you want to quit cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, smokeless tobacco/chew, heatless tobacco products, nicotine pouches or vaping devices (either traditional or disposable types), 802quits, Vermont’s free quit smoking and tobacco resource, is here to help.
Research shows that it can take up to 11 tries before a successful quit. With each attempt you learn something new about yourself and what works, bringing you closer to a life without nicotine and tobacco. Don’t forget, quitting is possible!
802QUITS CAN HELP VERMONT ADULTS IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS:
- Personalized counseling, tips and tools to quit any nicotine or tobacco product
- Free nicotine replacement patches, gum or lozenges, delivered directly to your home*
- Help creating a customized quit plan that works for you
- Interpreters are available at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. Translation services are also offered at 802quits.org.
Starting is easy! Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit the website.
*Some tobacco users also benefit from extended use of nicotine replacement therapy, an effective, approved and safe way to quit any form of tobacco product, even those that contain high levels of nicotine. Nicotine replacement therapy reduces withdrawal symptoms and increases quit success.
It is also no secret that smoking has a financial burden. Quitting can save you money in the long term and improve your finances. To learn more about the true cost of smoking, check out 802quits’ Smoking Calculator.
EARN REWARDS FOR QUITTING
Vermont residents ages 18 and older may be eligible for gift card incentives, up to $250, for completed coaching calls. Some conditions apply. Learn more about rewards for pregnant individuals and new parents, Medicaid and uninsured Vermonters and those who use menthol at 802quits.org.
If you’re not ready to quit tobacco and nicotine yet, there are a lot of things you can do right now to help yourself and to protect your loved ones – especially children, who are the most vulnerable to the harmful effects of secondhand and thirdhand cigarette smoke and vape aerosol. Here are some steps to take:
- Cut down on your smoking and vaping. To help you cut down, use a nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) patch to reduce the cravings and symptoms of withdrawal. Many Vermonters get free NRT at 802quits.org.
- Stop smoking and vaping in your house and your car, and ask others to do the same.
- Create a designated smoking area away from common areas, pet living areas and play spots.
- Never smoke or vape any substance when your children are present.
We’ve put together a list of the best resources for youth looking to quit tobacco and nicotine:
- My Life My Quit: This free and confidential texting program, developed by a leading respiratory hospital, helps young people ages 12-17 quit all forms of smoking or vaping. Text "Start My Quit" to 36072 or visit the website to chat with a trained coach.
- Smokefree Teen: This website, created by the FDA, offers tips and resources to help teens quit smoking and give up nicotine.
- quitSTART: This mobile app, available for Android and Apple iOS, gives tips, inspiration and challenges for teens to quit.
- This is Quitting: A free and anonymous texting program for teens and young adults. Try it out by texting DITCHVAPE to 88709.
- Contact your pediatrician to discuss options and medications for quitting.
- Contact your local school to see what youth-centered quit groups or programs are offered.