Washington County Public Health announces Commit 2 Quit

Washington County Public Health, in partnership with North Country Nicotine Consultants, recently announced the creation of Commit 2 Quit.

This new program will help Washington County residents stop using tobacco and nicotine products such as cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes (also known as vapes or Juul).

Commit 2 Quit will give participants the education, tools and support they need to quit tobacco and nicotine products. This includes providing information on medication options, finding ways to control urges and withdrawal symptoms and offering a space to discuss the highs and lows of quitting tobacco and nicotine.

Coaching is available through either one-on-one or group sessions. Individual coaching can start at any time and be done both in person and virtually. Washington County Public Health will also work around participants’ schedule to best fit their needs. Group coaching will run over the course of six weeks and will provide participants with a support network of others quitting tobacco and nicotine at the same time as them.

People who use medication and coaching are twice as likely to finally quit tobacco and nicotine products than those who attempt without support.

Washington County currently has one of the highest smoking rates in New York State, with 25.1% of adults current smokers. Tobacco and nicotine products are known to be bad for health. Chemicals in tobacco are responsible for one-third of all cancer deaths and about 90% of all lung cancer deaths. Tobacco and nicotine use also causes some of the most common causes of death in New York, such as heart disease, strokes, and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

Information sessions will take place on Thursday, May 25, from 5 to 6 p.m. via Zoom and on Friday, May 26, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Whitehall Recreation Center in Whitehall.

Those interested in attending the information sessions should call 518-391-1180 or email [email protected].