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NH DHHS Promotes Quitting Tobacco and Professional Development for the Great American Smokeout
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Publish Date:
November 15, 2017

Concord, NH - The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) encourages New Hampshire residents to join people across the country in quitting tobacco on November 16, 2017 during American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout.

“Tobacco use is one of the strongest addictions one can have,” said Lisa Morris, Director of the DHHS Division of Public Health Services. “The Great American Smokeout is a perfect time to make a plan to quit tobacco use. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to access free, confidential coaching and medications to increase your chances for success.”

In New Hampshire, approximately 18% of adults smoke cigarettes. Evidence shows that quitting tobacco is a process. It starts with a plan, often takes time and requires a lot of support. DHHS provides nicotine replacement therapy patches, lozenges, and gum through 1-800-QUIT-NOW and QuitNowNH.org at no cost to residents who are trying to quit tobacco.

To ensure healthcare professionals have access to evidence-driven tobacco treatment strategies, the DHHS Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program has created a free online training curriculum. The QuitWorks-NH on-demand professional development modules help health care professionals refer and assist their patients in quitting tobacco and utilizing the services through QuitNow-NH.

DHHS has completed 3 modules. Topics include: Fundamentals of QuitNow-NH, Ask, Assist, Refer: Treating Tobacco Use for Dependence, and Pharmacotherapy. The modules can be found at QuitWorksNH.org. Two additional modules on Motivational Interviewing and Supporting Pregnant and Postpartum Women to Quit Tobacco will be posted by early 2018. The modules accommodate hectic clinical schedules and offer free continuing education credits for each module completed.

For more information about creating a plan to quit tobacco visit QuitNowNH.org or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW. For the free on-demand tobacco treatment professional development modules visit QuitWorksNH.org.

 
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