A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/qb2xLRu2VOQ
E-cigarette use among young people remains at epidemic levels with nearly one in five high school students using e-cigarettes and approximately 40% of users doing so on a regular basis, according to recent data.
What can be done to turn around this troubling trend?
Text message programs are available to help young people on their quitting journey.
This is Quitting from truth is a free and anonymous text messaging program designed to help young people quit vaping nicotine. The first-of-its-kind quit program incorporates messages from real young people like them who have attempted to, or successfully quit, e-cigarettes.
Results from a clinical trial demonstrate the effectiveness of the program and found that This is Quitting from truth increased quit rates among young adults aged 18-24 by nearly 40% compared to a control group.
How it works
To enroll in This is Quitting, teens and young adults can text DITCHVAPE to 88709. The first messages they receive will ask for their age and product usage so that they are able to receive relevant messages. Users receive one age-appropriate message per day tailored to their enrollment date or quit date, which can be set and reset via text message.
Those who are not ready to quit receive at least four weeks of messages focused on building skills and confidence. Users with a quit date receive one week of messages prior to that date and at least eight weeks of messages after their quit date. Throughout the program, users can text COPE, STRESS, SLIP or MORE to receive instant support. Upon completion of the program, users receive periodic text messages from truth and may continue to use supportive keywords for as long as they like.
For more information, visit TRUTHINITIATIVE.ORG
Teens and young adults can join for free by texting DITCHVAPE to 88709.