The My Life, My Quit program is a free and confidential service for teens who want help quitting all forms of tobacco including vaping. Our coaches receive extensive training as tobacco treatment specialists through our accredited program, with additional training on adolescent cognitive and psychosocial development from a psychologist and professor at Stanford University who specializes in adolescent tobacco prevention.
Coaches use motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioral techniques to help teens:
- • Develop a quit plan.
- • Identify triggers for tobacco use.
- • Practice refusal skills.
- • Obtain ongoing support for changing behaviors.
Teens who participate in the program receive:
- • Five, one-on-one coaching sessions usually scheduled every 7-10 days. Coaching helps teens develop a quit plan, identify triggers, practice refusal skills and receive ongoing support for changing behaviors.
- • Self-help and educational materials designed for teens, with input from teens.
- • Additional support by phone, by text message or by online chat.
My Life, My Quit is developed and operated by National Jewish Health, the nation's leading respiratory hospital and academic research center. National Jewish Health operates quitline programs in numerous states and has helped more than one million people with their quit attempts. My Life, My Quit is funded for use in your state by the department of health as part of the quitline program.
While the decision to quit tobacco is always one teens must make themselves, there are several ways you can help promote the My Life, My Quit program.
- • Let teens know you are concerned about the impact of tobacco use, including vaping, on their current and long-term health.
- • Tell them you want to support their plan to stop and ask if they will sign up for the My Life, My Quit program. Be sure to mention it is free and confidential.
- • If they are not willing to enroll right then, provide them with information about how to enroll and let them know they have support to help them quit.
- • If a teen is ready to get started, they can text, call or enroll online. It's fast and simple.
- • Some teens may want your help taking the first step of calling or sending the text. But remember, they need to do the work in order to be successful.
To refer a teen to your states My Life, My Quit program, choose your state below:
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has developed comprehensive information about how to prevent and treat tobacco use among teens. One of the AAP recommendations is to promote and proactively enroll teens who use tobacco in cessation programs such as My Life, My Quit. Healthcare professionals can also deliver a brief intervention with teens who use tobacco using tools outlined in the 2008 clinical practice guidelines, such as the 5A's or Ask-Advise-Refer models.
My Life, My Quit does not provide cessation medications to anyone under age 18. Teens who request medications are referred to their doctor to discuss whether medications are an option to support their quit attempt. The AAP clinical practice guidelines suggest medication as an option for teens but require a prescription to use the products legally.