Tobacco Free Florida Launches Mobile Website and Text2Quit Service

Floridians Can Get the Help They Need to Quit Right at their Fingertips

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Tobacco Free Florida has seen an increase in mobile traffic to its website in the past year, which reflects the reality that people have a need and a desire to access our services from their mobile phones

Tallahassee, FLA (PRWEB) September 11, 2012

The Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida has launched a new mobile website, m.tobaccofreeflorida.com, and a Text2Quit service to complement the program’s phone and online quit resources.

Floridians trying to quit tobacco can go to the mobile site to easily access the program’s free and proven-effective resources 24/7 wherever they go. The mobile site offers a condensed version of the existing website, focusing on tips, tools and resources to quit tobacco.

Floridians who sign up with the Florida Quitline or Web Coach can now receive even more support right at their fingertips. Text2Quit, a text messaging-based protocol, helps participants stay engaged with their Quit Coach or Web Coach on their mobile device, use nicotine-replacement therapies (NRTs) correctly, manage their urges to use tobacco, and prevent relapse. Floridians who enroll in Text2Quit receive a series of broadcast and interactive text messages that are personalized to their quit plan.

“Tobacco Free Florida has seen an increase in mobile traffic to its website in the past year, which reflects the reality that people have a need and a desire to access our services from their mobile phones,” said State Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong. “The Florida Department of Health is committed to providing Floridians with help and resources to end their tobacco addiction whenever and wherever they need them.”

Seven out of 10 adult smokers report that they want to quit completely. While many people have quit, more than 2.5 million Floridians, or 17.1 percent of the adult population, are current cigarette smokers, despite the known dangers of smoking.

The mobile site provides users easy access to Tobacco Free Florida’s three ways to quit:

  •     Online: Enroll in the Web Coach®, which will help you create your own web-based quit plan that’s right for you, visit https://www.quitnow.net/florida.
  •     Phone: Call the Florida Quitline at 1-877-U-CAN-NOW to speak with a Quit Coach who will help you assess your addiction and help you create a personalized quit plan.
  •     In-person: Visit the Florida Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Network’s website, http://ahectobacco.com, to locate your local AHEC and sign up for group tobacco cessation classes.

For more information, visit http://www.tobaccofreeflorida.com, or m.tobaccofreeflorida.com on your mobile device.

ABOUT TOBACCO FREE FLORIDA
Tobacco Free Florida is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida’s tobacco settlement fund. The program is managed by the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida.

Smokers and smokeless tobacco users interested in quitting are encouraged to call the Florida Quitline at 1-877-U-CAN-NOW to speak with a Quit Coach. To learn about Tobacco Free Florida and the state’s free quit smoking resources, visit http://www.tobaccofreeflorida.com or follow the campaign on TFF’s Facebook and Twitter.


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