CASPER, Wyo. — A 2018 “Wyoming Prevention Needs Assessment” found that 36% of Wyoming high schoolers and 11% of middle schoolers reported vaping.
“Most vaping products contain nicotine, an addictive chemical also
found in other tobacco products,” Wyoming Department of Education Chief Policy Officer Kari Eakins said in a Monday, Dec. 16 memo. “Nicotine has known health effects on youth, as their brains are still developing.”
“Youth who vape may experience difficulty with attention, mood, impulse control and learning. Once teens start vaping, it may be difficult for them to quit on their own.”
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Teens are encouraged to enroll in a free “My Life, My Quit” program available through the Wyoming Department of Health.
That program offers the following resources:
- Free and confidential help from a Quit Coach, specially trained to listen to teens, to help them navigate social situations that involve tobacco or vaping, and find healthy ways to cope with stress.
- Teen-focused messages in promotional and educational materials – created with youth input – that encourage teens to quit vaping or using tobacco.
- Five coaching sessions via live text messaging or by phone on a dedicated toll-free number (1-855-891-9989) or online chat.
- Simplified online and mobile program registration to get teens to a coach more quickly.
- On-going text messages for encouragement throughout the quit process.
- Certificate of program completion.
“Any school that is interested in materials to promote this program may contact a local County Prevention Specialist, which can be found on the WDH Prevention and Health Promotion website,” Eakins adds. “For adults who want to quit using tobacco, the WDH continues to offer help through the Wyoming Quit Tobacco Program (WQTP).”
“Interested residents may call 1-800-QUIT NOW or visit Quit Now online. In addition to free nicotine replacement therapy and Chantix, free phone or online support is available.”