My Life, My Quit to Help Wyoming Teens
Written by Andrew-Rossi on December 6, 2019
A new program has been created to help kids beat vaping.
The Wyoming Department of Health has partnered with National Jewish Health – the largest nonprofit tobacco quit line provider in the nation – to create My Life, My Quit. This is a free resource that Wyoming teens can access either by phone or online. The program will set teens up with a personal coach, who will guide them through personalized sessions to beat all tobacco and nicotine products. And the service is entirely confidential; there’s no desire to punish anyone for using these products, just a desire to help them quit.
According to the 2018 Prevention Needs Assessment, 36 percent of Wyoming high school students and 11 percent of Wyoming middle school students reported they currently vape. The problem seems to get getting more pervasive in schools across the country, especially with flavored cartridges that hide the dangerous and deadly chemicals kids are inhaling.
The My Life, My Quit program includes educational materials designed for teens and created with input from teens, subject matter experts and community stakeholders. Teens can text or call a dedicated toll-free number (1-855-891-9989) or can visit mylifemyquit.com for real-time coaching. Through the program, teens work with a coach who listens and understands their unique needs, provides personalized support and helps them build a quit plan.
My Life, My Quit provides youth access to tailored resources for quitting, including:
Free and confidential help from a quit coach specially trained to listen to teens, help teens navigate social situations that involve tobacco or vaping, and find healthy ways to cope with stress
Teen-focused messages in promotional and educational materials – created with youth input – that encourage teens to quit vaping or using tobacco
Five coaching sessions via live text messaging or by phone on a dedicated toll-free number (1.855.891.9989) or online chat
Simplified online and mobile program registration to get teens to a coach quicker
Dedicated teen website at mylifemyquit.com with online enrollment, live chat with a coach, information about vaping and tobacco, and activities to support quitting and stress relief
On-going text messages for encouragement throughout the quit process
Certificate of program completion
For adults who want to quit using tobacco, WDH continues to offer help through the Wyoming Quit Tobacco Program (WQTP). Interested residents may call 1-800-QUIT NOW or visit www.quitwyo.org online. In addition to free nicotine replacement therapy and Chantix, free phone or online support is available.