RHI Profile of the Week:
Montana Tobacco Use & Prevention Program
On July 1, 2019, the Montana Tobacco Quit Line launched My Life, My Quit, a new free program specifically for youth under 18 who need help quitting tobacco (cigarettes, smokeless, cigars/cigarillos and e-cigarettes).
Tobacco use among Montana youth remains high; one third of high school students currently use at least one form of tobacco product. E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth, and e-cigarette use increased significantly from 23% in 2017 to 30% in 2019.
My Life, My Quit, combines best practices for youth tobacco cessation adapted to include vaping and new ways to reach a coach using live text messaging and online chat. The program provides youth access to free, tailored resources for quitting, including: five coaching sessions, a dedicated toll-free number (1-855-891-9989) for real-time coaching, and confidential enrollment. Youth who are interested should text or call 1-855-891-9989 or visit the website at http://www.mylifemyquit.com.
As a provider you have the unique opportunity to help address the rise in tobacco use among Montana’s youth. It is recommended that providers assess youth tobacco use, offer brief counseling, refer to services (such as My Life, My Quit), and follow up with youth during future visits.
If you want to know more about My Life, My Quit please call 1-855-891-9989 and let them know you are looking for information about the program. Or visit www.tobaccofree.mt.gov