State launches smoking cessation program

May 31, 2017 GMT

In an effort to help Connecticut residents quit their tobacco use, the Connecticut Department of Public Health is launching the new cessation program Commit to Quit. The program is designed to let smokers to quit on their own terms, while providing support services that make breaking the addiction for good a true possibility.

“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 in a news relase. “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 public health department, an estimated 549,000 Connecticut residents, or 19.9 percent of adults age 18 or older use tobacco. Those with lower income levels and those with lower educational attainment are more likely to use tobacco. Research shows that 83 percent of adult smokers have tried to quit in the past 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 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 and a quit guide workbook that walks you through the steps to quit.

It also offers lifetime membership, meaning that, even if participants have trouble quitting, they will not be kicked out

For more information about Connecticut cessation programs and Commit to Quit, including a video PSA and other promotional materials, visit www.CommitToQuitCT.com.