Announcement from Hawaii Pubic Health Institute (HIPHI)
Hawaii Public Health Institute
Tami MacAller, West Hawaii Community Coordinator
Hawai’i Public Health Institute
“Did you know that a lifetime of smoking and other tobacco use almost always begins by the time a teen graduates from high school1? While the overall impact of cigarette use on Hawai‘i youth continues to decline, e-cigarette use or vaping by young people has increased exponentially in recent years2. We all know the adverse health consequences of cigarette smoking; and a recent study with Hawai‘i youth demonstrates that e-cigarettes or vapes can lead to cigarette and tobacco use later on3. Nicotine stunts brain development in youth and can lead to addiction later in life4, and accelerate the development of chronic diseases across the life course5.
HIPHI is launching the Quitline Services for Youth, an evidence-based telephone and online counseling program designed to help adolescents ages 13 to 17 quit using tobacco permanently.
Available statewide, the services give teens the choice to quit in a way that is accessible, personalized and FREE. The telephone program offers each participant personalized phone counseling by highly-skilled Youth Quit Coaches, age-appropriate educational materials and unlimited access to our toll-free support line to provide encouragement when it’s needed the most. The web-based program provides the same information as the telephone program, but allows teens greater accessibility to support and in a more comfortable mode of communication. In addition, the Quitline Services for Youth incorporates the following features:
- Quit Plan development
- Anonymous, non‐judgmental support
- Support between scheduled calls via a toll‐free support line
- Health education and information
- Refusal and problem‐solving skills development
- Discussion of triggers, peer influences, environmental/household exposure to tobacco use, stressors
- Relapse prevention through planning and preparation
Preventing teens from ever trying tobacco is ideal, but for those who already use tobacco products, the Quitline Services for Youth program utilizes cognitive-behavioral strategies and motivational support specifically tailored to adolescents in order to prevent life-long dependency.”
1 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS, Calculated based on data in National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, 2001. See also, HHH, “Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General,” 2012.
2 Hawaii State Department of Health. Tobacco Control Strategic Plan, 2016-2020. Honolulu, HI. Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division, Tobacco Prevention and Education Program. 2016.
3 Wills TA, Knight R, Sargent JD, et al Tobacco Control. Longitudinal study of e-cigarette use and onset of cigarette smoking among high school students in Hawaii. 2017;26:34-39.
4 Goriounova, Natalia A., and Huibert D. Mansvelder. “Short- and Long-Term Consequences of Nicotine Exposure during Adolescence for Prefrontal Cortex Neuronal Network Function.” Cold Spring Harbor perspectives in medicine 2.12 (2012): 10.1101/cshperspect.a012120 a012120. PMC. Web. 21 Aug. 2017.
5 IOM (Institute of Medicine). Public health implications of raising the minimum age of legal access to tobacco products.Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. 2015.