Friday May 10, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- The Vermont Department of Health announced it is launching a campaign to introduce the Vermont Quit Partners to Vermont tobacco users. The statewide network includes 50 Quit Partners and 15 community health teams.

Formerly known as the Vermont Quit Network Quit in Person program, the Vermont Quit Partners not only provides a forum for peer support and encouragement but also provides tools such as distraction putty, pedometers and free nicotine replacement therapy, including gum, patches or lozenges, to program participants.

"Cessation class participants have a higher success rate of quitting smoking. The participants support each other, learn from each other and develop lasting connections, all of which assist them in their quit attempt," said Quit Partner Terri Kneipp of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. Kneipp has counseled over 200 tobacco users during nine years as a Quit Partner. Her group cessation programs are held at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, every Tuesday evening from 5 to 6 p.m. and Wednesday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m.

Four area prevention coalitions (the Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition, the Greater Falls Prevention Coalition, West River Valley Thrives and the Deerfield Valley Community Partnership) are partnering with the Vermont Department of Health in promoting the Vermont Quit Partners.


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For more information, contact Kneipp at 802-251-8456 or tkneipp@bmhvt.org.

Grace Cottage Hospital will be offering a cessation class beginning on Tuesday, May 7, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for six consecutive weeks. Call 802-365-3637 for more information and to register.

Springfield Hospital will be offering a cessation class beginning May 2 from 5:30 6:30 p.m. at the Rockingham Medical Group at the Health Center. Contact Michelle Kuusela at 802-885-7346 or mkuusela@springfieldmed.org.