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Program to help teens quit tobacco offered in Kentucky

November 25, 2019 GMT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky health officials are offering help for teenagers who want to quit using tobacco products, including smoking and vaping.

The service is free and can be reached by calling or texting (855) 891-9989. The program, called “My Life, My Quit,” connects the teen to a “quit coach” who will provide free and confidential support.

Each teen can get five sessions of personalized support through texting, phone or online chat.

Elizabeth Anderson-Hoagland of the Kentucky Department for Public Health says it can be hard for young people to find help quitting tobacco products but that such assistance can be the key to success.

The program is operated by National Jewish Health, which also operates Quit Now Kentucky and the toll-free number (800) QUIT-NOW for Kentuckians of all ages.