ST. GEORGE – When kicking the smoking habit, using nicotine replacement therapy such as patches, gum, or lozenges can increase your chances of success. For a limited time, Utah QuitNet is offering these resources free to anyone who wants to stop smoking.
“A lot of people may have tried quitting in the past and were unsuccessful,” says Shalyce Oman, health educator for the Southwest Utah Public Health Department. “They might think they can’t do it again, but that’s normal. Don’t give up – it can take several attempts, although it’s more likely to work if you have additional support, like coaching or nicotine replacement products. Also, if you’ve tried one method before, like the gum, try something different this time, like the patches or lozenges.”
Utah QuitNet is a free internet-based service designed to help tobacco users through the quitting process. Its interactive features can be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as needed. Tobacco users can log in and be surrounded by the world’s largest online community of people quitting smoking. It is a safe gathering place for people to help each other quit and stay tobacco-free.
All services are anonymous, and free to Utah users, including the nicotine replacement items. Utah QuitNet can be used alone or combined with other services, like the Utah Tobacco Quit Line, a free phone-based coaching tool.
Utah QuitNet: www.utahquitnet.com
Utah Tobacco Quit Line: 1-800-QUIT NOW
Free in-person counseling to quit tobacco at the SWUPHD: 435-986-2593
Submitted by: The Southwest Utah Public Health Department