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New resources helps teens quit smoking

Arizona has launched the first-ever comprehensive program aimed at helping adolescents and young adult smokers called “The Cignal.” The program uses a website (www.thecignal.com) with customized tips and advice for young smokers and uses a toll free helpline (800-55-66-222) where they can talk to quit coaches for free.

Quit coaches will help teens recognize their addiction to tobacco and provide assistance in quitting. Over-the-counter medication and other drug therapies will not be advised or made available to tobacco users under the age of 18 through The Cignal. Callers under the age of 18 will be encouraged to speak to their doctor if they are interested in nicotine replacement therapy. Parental consent will not be required to speak to a quit coach.

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