Cessation

Cessation

Cessation resources are intended to assist Regional Pennsylvania Tobacco-Free Coalition (RPTFC) members and residents with the promotion of quitting tobacco among youth and adults. The American Lung Association has proven tools, tips and support that can help you, your loved ones, and community residents end their addiction to tobacco and begin a new, smokefree phase of life.
Freedom From Smoking (FFS)

The American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking® program is for tobacco users who are ready to quit. Because most people already know that smoking is bad for their health, the program focuses almost exclusively on how to quit, not why to quit.

Since it was first introduced over 35 years ago, the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking® program has helped hundreds of thousands of Americans end their addiction to nicotine and begin new smokefree lives. Freedom From Smoking® is based on proven addiction and behavior change models.

The program offers a structured, systematic approach to quitting, and its positive messaging emphasizes the benefits of better health.


Freedom From Smoking (FFS) Templates and Flyers:

Not On Tobacco (N-O-T)

Tragically, about 95% of today’s tobacco users started using before the age of 21. E-cigarettes have escalated this problem. Every day 8,000 kids start vaping, according to the Center for Disease Control. Not On Tobacco® (N-O-T) seeks to address this growing problem by giving all teens the resources they need to break nicotine dependency and find healthier outlets.

Unlike other cessation programs which simply modify adult curriculum, N-O-T was designed with teenagers in mind and addresses issues that are specifically important to them. The program takes a holistic approach with each session using different interactive learning strategies based on Social Cognitive Theory of behavior change that can then be applied and practiced in everyday life and encourages a voluntary change for youth ages 14 to 19.

Not For Me

NOT For Me is a self-guided, online tool that leverages the American Lung Association’s evidence-based N-O-T Not On Tobacco® program to help teens break nicotine dependency, no matter what tobacco products they use. Learn more at https://notforme.org/.

PA Coalition for Oral Health (PCOH)

The Northwest Pennsylvania Tobacco Control Program (NWPA TCP) has partnered with PA Coalition for Oral Health (PCOH) to develop Integrating Nicotine Dependence Treatment with Oral Health: For Dental Professionals. This two part course is free of charge and has 2.0 CEUs available. For Medicaid providers, successful completion of this two-part course will allow you to submit an application to DHS to be authorized to bill for tobacco counseling. Visit PCOH Website to view the recorded webinar.

PA FREE Quitline

The Pennsylvania Free Quitline offers up to five proactive coaching sessions, unlimited inbound calls, and customized quit plans to each participant.  Coaches are available seven days a week and telephone calls can be scheduled for when it is most convenient for the caller. 

Eligible PA Free Quitline callers enrolled in phone counseling will now be offered a total of eight weeks of combination nicotine replacement therapy instead of the previous offering of four weeks. 

  • The Quitline is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
    Most Quitlines can arrange for a translator for those who want to quit but speak a different language. Additional, there are Quitlines available for people who speak Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and Vietnamese

PA Tobacco Cessation – All Adult Cessation Programs Flyer

Quitline Free – Available Materials

Quitline Free – Order Form for materials

Pregnant  When you are pregnant, you want the best for your baby. When you stop smoking, your baby will get more oxygen, even after just one day of not smoking. There is less risk your baby will be born too early. The PA Free Quitline offers FREE incentives for pregnant and postpartum women looking to quit tobacco. The PA Pregnancy Protocol outlines how to get enrolled in the program today! The Pregnancy Packet in English and Spanish includes materials to promote the PA Free Quitline Pregnancy Incentive Program. Please contact Julie Bartol to order pregnancy packets to use in your community.

Tobacco-Free Veterans

For a long time, tobacco was a part of military culture. Before 1957, tobacco products were included in basic field rations and the tobacco industry deployed marketing tactics to entice military members, including capitalizing on young adults and finding opportunities to reach males in service. The Veterans Tobacco-Free Toolkit includes educational materials to assist organizations working with veterans, providing them resources that will help them quit tobacco.

Quit-Smoking Medications

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products have been proven as a valuable cessation tool to help adults quit tobacco. Medication Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is the use of nicotine in the form of gum, skin patch, nasal spray, inhaler or lozenge. It reduces the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms. Other products, such as bupropion (also known as Zyban® or Wellbutrin®) and varenicline (Chantix®), are non-nicotine tobacco cessation medications available with a prescription. People who use these NRT products and medications double, or possibly triple, their rate of success to quit. The United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update strongly encourages all tobacco users to use medication in their attempts to quit smoking. Your medication may also be covered by your health insurance. Contact your insurance provider to explore tobacco cessation benefits available through your plan. Community members in Northcentral, Northeast, and Southcentral PA can also join a local cessation class and receive up to 4 free weeks of NRT. Visit our Quit Now page to find a clinic near you. 

Freedom From Smoking Medication Chart

Mayo Clinic NDC Tobacco Dependence Treatment Medication Summary

Additional Resources

  • Visit the American Lung Association’s website
  • Facilitators are able to access a catalog of all print literature that is available, view pricing and place an order for FFS materials through our new print store. Please submit prior to the start of your clinic, preferable two full weeks before.

  • Learn more about Live Healthy PA, encompassing tobacco data and resources from Pennsylvania’s DOH

Read the announcement concerning a new, national anti-vaping curriculum providing youth with facts about e-cigarettes and resources to quit, called Vaping: Know the Truth. 

Vaping: Know the Truth will help guide teachers and empower teens who vape to quit, or to never start in the first place. The curriculum will be available to schools across the country. 

  • Vaping: Know the Truth Flyer
    Describes vaping prevention and resources to quit.
  • This is Quitting Flyer
    A free, anonymous, text message, quit vaping program from truth®. Partnership opportunities to customize This is Quitting with your tobacco-control programs are available.

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