My teens are attached to their cell phones at the thumbs!
A new effort to help teens quit smoking will use one of their most constant
companions: the mobile phone. SmokefreeTXT
is a free text message service from NIH that provides 24/7 encouragement,
advice and tips for teens trying to quit smoking.
Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United
States. Its health consequences build up
over time and include many different types of cancer, heart disease and
Nearly 20% of teens are current smokers. “Unless we make efforts to
intervene today, they will most likely continue smoking into adulthood,” says
Dr. Yvonne Hunt, a program director in tobacco control research at NIH.
Many teens want to quit. Go online to teen.smokefree.gov. To enroll on the go using a mobile
phone, text QUIT to iQUIT (47848).
Director of the Ulster Prevention Council