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Cuomo launches new program to help young people quit vaping

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Albany, N.Y. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Albany, N.Y. | Photo: AP Photo / Hans Pennink.

WNYT Staff
Updated: February 28, 2020 04:04 PM
Created: February 28, 2020 10:26 AM

Gov. Cuomo announced a new program to help young people quit vaping on Friday.

According to the governor, the state is offering a free text message program to help kids quit e-cigarettes.

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The “This is Quitting” program was created by the New York State Department of Health and the Truth Initiative.

The free text message program is designed for young adults between the ages of 13 and 24. It was created using input from teenagers, college students, and young adults.

To use the free text message program, users need to text “DropTheVape” to 88709. Those who sign up will receive interactive daily text messages. Messages include motivation, coping strategies, and skills. Users can even set a quit date.

The program also directs users to the New York State Quitline.

More information about the program can be found here.


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