Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
Tobacco Cessation Program
If you smoke or use any form of tobacco products, Fletcher Allen encourages you to quit. Quitting smoking or other tobacco use is one of the best things you can do to improve your overall health. The positive effects on your health and well-being are immediate. Fletcher Allen’s Quit-In-Person group programs, available at a variety of locations throughout the community, can help you lead a tobacco-free lifestyle.
Using a group for counseling and support combined with nicotine replacement can be the fastest and most effective way to stop any form of nicotine addiction.
"It’s great to have a place to go where everyone shares a common goal. Not only do you get help from the group, you get to hear about others who struggle with quitting smoking because it is not easy. The group makes you feel that you are not alone. It might be the most important hour I spend all week for my long-term health."
Tobacco Cessation In-Person Group Classes
Group cessation classes are based on the American Cancer Society's “Freshstart” program, which runs for four consecutive weeks and is facilitated by a Tobacco Treatment Specialist. The overall goal of the program is to help individuals overcome their addiction so they can enjoy the health benefits of a tobacco free lifestyle.
The program is free and confidential. Delivered in a small group community or workplace setting, participants receive personal attention and the support of their peers. The program is evidence-based and proven to be an effective method of quitting tobacco. Groups are tailored to meet the needs of different learning styles, and each session combines group discussion, education, and skills practice in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
During the in-person group, the following key stages are used to help participants prepare to quit:
- Preparation phase: Tailoring your plan and laying the foundation for your success.
- Quit day: Planning and affirming the decision to quit.
- Maintenance plan: Providing skills, resources and support to remain tobacco free.
- Nicotine replacement: Your Tobacco Treatment Specialist will help you choose the right nicotine replacement plan. An eight-week supply of free patches, gum or lozenges are available to group participants (while supply is available).
More Tobacco Cessation Options
Other options for quitting tobacco are available through the Vermont Department of Health, 800-QUIT-NOW (802-764-8669) or www.802Quits.org.
Quit In Person Groups
For Quit In Person Group information or registration, call 802-847-2278 or go to www.802quits.org for quick and easy online registration and class listings in your area.
Quit By Phone
Links you with a Quit Partner who will help you get ready to quit and give you tips, advice and support to help you stay away from tobacco. Call now to get started:
- Vermont residents: 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669)
- New York residents: 1-866-NY QUITS (1-866-697-8487)
- Outside these two areas: 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669)
Visit www.802quits.org for support, advice, tips and online coaching groups and forums where you can talk with other smokers who know what you are going through.
Women’s Health and Smoking During Pregnancy
Many women quit smoking during their pregnancies for the health of their baby. The 802Quits Quit-by-Phone and community quit classes help reduce the high relapse rate after pregnancy. Referral to the Quit line during pregnancy provides support after the pregnancy, as well as nicotine replacement therapy if the mother is not breastfeeding. For more information, call 802-847-6541or go to www.802quits.org.
For more information on smoking cessation, consult these resources:
- Fletcher Allen Community Resource Center
- American Lung Association
- American Cancer Society
- Coalition for a Tobacco Free Vermont