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Kick The Habit: Connecticut Launches Free Program To Snuff Out Tobacco Use

Commit to Quit is funded by the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Its goal is to provide the tools to help people quit their tobacco use and to avoid the many health consequences of tobacco use.
Commit to Quit is funded by the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Its goal is to provide the tools to help people quit their tobacco use and to avoid the many health consequences of tobacco use. Photo Credit: Flickr user tamakisono

To help Connecticut residents quit using tobacco, the state Department of Public Health is launching a smoking-cessation program called Commit to Quit.

The program’s simple process allows smokers to quit on their own terms and provides support services that make it possible to break this addiction.

“We are committed to providing the residents of Connecticut with the tools they need to quit their tobacco use through our cessation program,” said Public Health Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino. “The goal of Commit to Quit is to help create a future where tobacco use is not the leading cause of preventable death.”

According to the Pubic Health Department's Tobacco Control Program, an estimated 549,000 Connecticut residents, or 19.9 percent of adults age 18 or older, use tobacco. Those with lower income levels and lower educational attainment are more likely to use tobacco.

Research shows that 83 percent of adult smokers have tried to quit without support and failed; however, tobacco users that use cessation programs like Commit to Quit are nearly twice as likely to quit for good.

Commit to Quit is a cost-free, customizable cessation program that provides online and telephone support. The program also includes:

  • Two weeks of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products at no cost
  • One-on-one assistance from a quit coach when needed
  • Access to a private online community with others trying to quit
  • A quit guide workbook that walks you through the steps to quit
  • Lifetime membership – even if participants have trouble quitting, they will not be kicked out

Because quitting tobacco is not a one-size-fits-all experience, the Commit to Quit program provides personalization through experienced quit coaches who will help program participants figure out the right quit path for themselves. There are also face-to-face cessation programs available.

For more information about Connecticut cessation programs and Commit to Quit, visit www.CommitToQuitCT.com .

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