My Life, My Quit cessation information can help teens stop vape and tobacco successfully
OKLAHOMA CITY (May 13, 2021) – My Life, My Quit, a text-based tobacco cessation program designed specifically for youth, has new educational materials available free for schools and health care providers to use in their interactions with students and patients ages 13-17. My Life, My Quit is a program of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET).
“Now that more schools, clinics and doctors are beginning to see Oklahoma children in-person, we want to equip them with shareable resources for families,” said Julie Bisbee, TSET executive director. “These My Life, My Quit materials connect teens struggling with tobacco addiction to free services provided in ways teens want to communicate – by text, web or phone. Early tobacco intervention and prevention are critical to achieving optimal health.”
The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) has a long history of helping Oklahomans to quit tobacco in an effort to fight the leading causes of preventable death in our state – cancer and cardiovascular disease. TSET’s flagship program, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, has helped more than 450,000 Oklahomans on their tobacco-free journeys. In 2020, TSET introduced My Life, My Quit to specifically reach Oklahoma youth battling tobacco, vape and addiction.
Oklahoma has some of the highest youth tobacco and vape use rates in the nation, with 1 in 5 students using some form of tobacco. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have stated that no form of youth tobacco use is safe.
For teens seeking to quit tobacco, My Life, My Quit is an evidence-based cessation program that offers free live text support, web chat and phone coaching. To sign up for services, teens can simply text “Start My Quit” to 36072 for real-time coaching or visit MyLifeMyQuit.com to enroll online. Registration and use of services are confidential, and nicotine replacement therapy is not provided.
My Life, My Quit is a component of the TSET Healthy Youth Initiative, which focuses on preventing and reducing all forms of commercial tobacco use as well as obesity among Oklahoma youth.
To aid tobacco intervention efforts, Oklahoma schools and health care professionals can order My Life, My Quit posters, bookmarks and tear-off flyers free of charge at TSETHealthyYouth.com/order. TSET Healthy Youth Initiative display holders are also available for order, along with additional youth vaping and tobacco resources from Tobacco Stops With Me (StopsWithMe.com), also a program of TSET.
Parents who would like to learn more about My Life, My Quit and the TSET Healthy Youth Initiative can visit TSETHealthyYouth.com for information.
The My Life, My Life agreement in Oklahoma is overseen by Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline staff. For questions about services, contact Paola Klein at [email protected] or at 405-271-8001, ext. 50474.
My Life, My Quit is a free program to help Oklahoma teens, ages 13-17, quit tobacco, including e-cigarettes. Offering tools most utilized by teens, free live texting, web chat and phone calls, My Life, My Quit supports teens through the steps of quitting tobacco to be able to live tobacco free. Funded by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), these free services for Oklahoma teens are at MyLifeMyQuit.com or text “Start My Quit” to 36072.
The TSET Healthy Youth Initiative is a statewide effort focused on preventing and reducing tobacco use and obesity for Oklahomans ages 13-18. The initiative promotes healthy lifestyle choices for teens and gives parents resources to support their children in maintaining or developing healthy habits for a lifetime. Visit TSET Healthy Youth Initiative to learn more.
The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is a free service for Oklahomans wanting to help themselves, loved ones, patients or employees live tobacco free. Funding is primarily provided by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, in partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Health Care Authority, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline has served more than 450,000 Oklahomans since 2003 and has been ranked among the top quitlines for reaching tobacco users seeking treatment for the last 10 years by the North American Quitline Consortium.
Tobacco Stops With Me is a statewide campaign, funded through the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Trust, that provides an efficient, emotional and highly recognizable tobacco-free message for Oklahomans to rally around. By educating the public about the negative effects and impact of tobacco, the goal of Tobacco Stops With Me is to prevent and reduce tobacco use, and improve the health and quality of life of every Oklahoman. Tobacco Stops With Me aims to inspire individuals to make positive changes — not only for their own health, but for the health of the entire state as well.
The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working toward shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working across the state, by cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and by working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public's health.
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