Teens who start smoking could smoke more over their lifetimes– which may be made shorter as a result. It’s a good reason to quit.
But teen smoking expert Dr.Yvonne Hunt of the National Institutes of Health says quit programs are often designed for adults, and teens are not little adults – they think and talk differently, and have different smoking patterns.
So Hunt and her coworkers developed a tool to help teens quit. Teens spend a lot of time texting, so SmokefreeTXT sends six weeks of teen-friendly texts to their cellphones. Teens can register at teen.smokefree.gov.
"If teens want to enroll on the go, using their mobile phone, they can also text "QUIT" – Q-U-I-T – to the shortcode "IQUIT," which is 47848."
Of particular concern are the increasing number of young girls starting to smoke compared to young boys. ALERT: Young ladies who start smoking, you might think you look cool now but you won't look so cool when you get older and are walking around with an oxygen tank! Quit while you are ahead!