According to the 2018 Iowa Youth Survey, 22.4% of 11th grade students, 8.3% of eighth grade students and 2.4% of sixth grade students currently use e-cigarettes. The long-term health consequences for youth using these products are unknown. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) now offers a special program for teens who want to quit using tobacco, including e-cigarettes.

The new My Life, My Quit program includes educational materials designed for teens and created through focus groups with teens, subject matter experts and community stakeholders. Teens can text or call a toll-free number (855-891-9989) dedicated for teens, or they can visit mylifemyquit.com for real-time coaching. Through the program, teens work with a coach who listens and understands their unique needs and provides personalized support. Furthermore, this helps them build a quit plan to become free from nicotine. My Life, My Quit is new, always free and confidential and just for teens. IDPH is one of nine states collaborating with the Quitline provider National Jewish Health to offer the teen-focused tobacco cessation program.

For more information please contact:

Lisa McConnell
Tobacco Prevention Specialist
Behavioral Health and Treatment Services                       
Sieda Community Action
310 West Main Street
Ottumwa IA  52501
lmcconnell@sieda.org
641-683-6747 ext. 114

Nicotine comes from the tobacco plant. Even though it comes in many forms, all tobacco products are addictive.