Smokers who get help from their health care provider or a trained counselor triple their chances of quitting for good. Visit our Marketing Materials section and order or download free tobacco cessation materials to share with your patients.
Also, there are three ways you can encourage your patients to participate in the Delaware Tobacco Prevention and Control Program’s free cessation services. They may also qualify for free nicotine replacement therapy and pharmaceuticals. Here’s how you can help them quit.
Advise your patients to call the Delaware Quitline: 1-866-409-1858. They’ll speak with compassionate specialists who will assess their needs and explore their best options, now and down the road.
For patients who are uncomfortable discussing quitting over the phone, suggest that they make an appointment to meet face-to-face with a trained quit counselor — just like they meet face-to-face with you. Have patients call the Delaware Quitline at 1-866-409-1858, and we’ll schedule an in-person appointment with them.
For patients who prefer online quit support, have them log on to QuitSupport.com. There, they can learn details about local Delaware programs and how to register. They can also find online tracking tools to help them quit.
The concerns swirling around vaping.
Some smokers turn to vaping (commonly known as e-cigarettes) as an alternative to smoking, or to curb their craving for tobacco. E-cigarette use among Delaware high school students is rising at an alarming rate, with the percentage of high school students saying they’ve tried e-cigs now at 40.5 percent.
Until recently, there has been no federal regulation regarding e-cigarette products and related paraphernalia. Now, studies are showing that the ingredients in e-cigarettes may not be as harmless as initially thought.
If you have patients who are considering vaping as an alternative to smoking, please make them aware of what goes into e-cigs. Better yet, suggest they visit TheDirtyTruth.com to learn more about e-cigs. This way, they can make an informed decision on the best way to quit smoking.
What’s in e-cigarettes?
According to the American Lung Association, there are more than 7,700 flavors of e-cigarettes on the market. Though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently announced that it will regulate e-cigarettes, there are currently no requirements on ingredient disclosure, warning labels, or youth-access restrictions. No one knows for sure what is in e-cigs, but a 2014 study confirmed that many contain nicotine, an addictive substance that has been shown to negatively impact the development of adolescent brains. Specifically, nicotine can disrupt the formation of brain circuits that control attention, learning, and susceptibility to addiction.
Studies have also identified toxic chemicals in e-cigarette vapors, including:
- Nitric oxide
- Propylene glycol
E-cigarette liquids can poison.
An April 2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study documented a dramatic increase in e-cigarette-related calls to poison centers. From September 2010 to February 2014, the number of monthly calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one to 215. More than half of the calls involved young children under the age of 5, and 42 percent of the calls involved people age 20 and older.
The nicotine-infused liquid is what makes e-cigarettes poisonous, and a person can be poisoned in three ways: by ingestion, inhalation, or absorption through the skin or eyes. E-cigarette liquids pose a threat to small children because they come in candy and fruit flavors that are appealing to children.