Quit Tobacco Programs
Helping people quit tobacco use is one of Health Connections’ main goals. Health Connections conducts the American Cancer Society’s Fresh Start Quit Tobacco Program for adults throughout the Upper Valley. Fresh Start is a 4-6 week program that convenes for 1 hour each week to provide support for people who want to quit tobacco. Program participants receive a free supply of nicotine replacement aides (patch, gum, lozenges). Health Connections conducts Fresh Start on site at businesses, at the White River Family Practice in Wilder, VT and at various other locations in the Upper Valley.
Please call Health Connections directly at (802) 457-4780 or email: cathyhcuvorg (cathyhcuvorg) for information on the next Fresh Start class.
Not On Tobacco
Young people don’t have to stay hooked to nicotine. Health Connections conducts the American Lung Association’s “Not On Tobacco” (N.O.T.) program for teens. N.O.T. is a 10 session program that is typically offered at a school. N.O.T. provides youth with the support to successfully quit tobacco and stay quit, while also teaching youth resiliency skills, stress management, and interpersonal skills. Youth become more knowledgeable of the importance and connection between healthy behaviors and personal health.
For more information about the Fresh Start program or the N.O.T. program, please contact Health Connections at (802) 457-4780 or email us (directorhcuvorg) . Program support from the Vermont Department of Health and the Arrow Fund.
In addition to providing classroom presentations, Health Connections engages teens in health prevention advocacy activities in the community. It’s an incredible civics lesson when youth are actively engaged in shaping policies that improve the health of their community, such as amending a town’s ordinance to prohibit the use of tobacco on town property in order to reduce the exposure to secondhand smoke, or to encourage a town to limit the number of retail stores that sell “adult only products such as tobacco and alcohol” so that youth are not constantly bombarded by advertisements of these products. The more often youth are exposed to tobacco and alcohol ads the more these products become normalized and the more likely youth are to use.
Recently, students from South Royalton’s S.A.D.D. group presented a petition to the Selectboard regarding banning cigarettes on the local green spaces. They displayed cigarette butts the South Royalton 5th graders had picked up off of the green. The cigarette butts totalled more than 700. Read more about it here.
Below, students from the South Royalton School and members of the South Royalton Police Department are participating in “Sticker Shock”, an evidence based underage drinking prevention activity. Stickers, warning adults of the legal consequences of buying alcohol for youth, are placed on containers of alcohol in local stores. Thank you to Sharon Trading Post, Midway Station, R&B Deli, the South Royalton Market, and the Corner Stop Mini-Mart for participating in the program.