Free Help for Missouri Teens to Quit Smoking, Vaping

MissouriCare sponsors Lung Association program

Missouri teenagers who want help quitting smoking or vaping will soon get it for free from a program called Not On Tobacco®  (N-O-T).

That’s because the program, administered by the American Lung Association in Missouri, just received a big boost of support from Missouri Care Inc., an Anthem company, in the form of a $10,000 sponsorship.

“It’s important to have the resources available for teens who want to quit smoking or vaping especially during these trying times,” said Laura Turner, Lung Association Health Promotions Specialist. “We’re grateful for MissouriCare’s support and commend them for prioritizing the health of our youth.”

N-O-T is the Lung Association's voluntary quit smoking program for teens ages 14 – 19. Over the 10-week program, participants learn to identify their reasons for smoking, healthy alternatives to tobacco use and people who will support them in their efforts to quit.

“MissouriCare continues to partner with organizations that provide the necessary tools for our local youth to lead a healthy and productive lifestyle,” said Jeff Davis, MissouriCare Interim President. “The Not On Tobacco® program will be an invaluable resource for teens to have a healthier and brighter future. MissouriCare remains committed to our members and the local community in addressing direct community action initiatives that go beyond traditional healthcare support.” 

Missouri schools and school districts will need to contact the Lung Association if they wish to have the program implemented. The Lung Association will then coordinate training of one or two adult facilitators from each participating district and will give schools the supplies needed to implement the program.

For more information, contact:

James A. Martinez
(312) 445-2501
[email protected]

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