This program offers help to quit tobacco, as well as support to help make long-lasting changes that promote tobacco-free living where you live, work, and play.
Live Tobacco-Free Austin
The initiative is housed within Austin Public Health. Its goal is to decrease the prevalence of tobacco use and the number of people exposed to second-hand smoke, as well as to increase access to quit resources for those trying to end their addiction to tobacco.
Significant gaps exist among resistant and hard-to-reach populations in our community. Teens and young adults are especially susceptible to social and environmental influences and industry advertising and marketing that require unique interventions. The purpose of this project is to increase the number of 18-24 year olds accessing cessation services, in particular SmokefreeTXT. SmokefreeTXT is a free mobile text messaging service designed for adults and young adults who are trying to quit smoking. The program was created to provide 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help smokers quit smoking and stay quit. Additionally, the project utilizes a variety of media and marketing strategies to reach this population to promote tobacco prevention and cessation.
Several public service announcements were released:
SmokefreeTXT is a free, six to eight week cessation program, depending on when you set your quit date. Users will receive one to five text messages per day and can receive additional quit support by texting AUSTIN to 47848 or enroll through smokefree.gov/smokefreetxt.
Texas Quitline 1-877-YES QUIT (1-877-937-7848); www.yesquit.org offers free and confidential phone counseling services and resources such as nicotine patches, gums, or lozenges, to those who qualify.
Nicotine Anonymous is a 12-step program to achieve abstinence from nicotine, offering group and Internet meetings and phone conferences. Request a free Starter Kit at 1-877-879-6422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for local group meetings. Learn more at www.Nicotine-Anonymous.org.