Yes! We offer virtual groups. Our virtual groups are held via Zoom. All you need is a phone, tablet, or computer to join.
I am interested in having an Area Health Education Center staff attend my event or provide more information about your services to my employees. Who should I contact?Florida Ahec Network2021-04-12T09:18:19-04:00
Call our toll free line at 877-848-6696 and a specialist on our tobacco team will talk with you about the groups starting near you. You can also visit the Group Quit Calendar page to see what groups are coming up in your county.
Yes! We understand if you don’t like the group setting, can’t get off work, or get a ride to attend a group. Tobacco Free Florida offers Phone and Web Quit as well as additional quit services such as texting and email support. Visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com/quityourway or call 1-877-848-6696 to learn more about Tobacco Free Florida’s other Quit Your Way services.
Our groups are completely free! You will be provided with all the necessary materials to participate in the group. You can also receive up to 4 weeks of free nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges, when medically appropriate and while supplies last.
What if I cannot make it to all of the sessions of a multi-session group?Florida Ahec Network2021-03-22T08:43:26-04:00
It is suggested that you attend each and every session because we cover valuable information that you will need to get you to your quit day. If you will miss more than one session, we suggest you wait until the next group begins. Our one-time 2-hour group is also available if you are ready to quit and a multi-session group does not fit your schedule at this time.
Do I have to quit on the same day I attend the group session?Florida Ahec Network2021-03-22T08:43:26-04:00
Our programs cover many topics. We discuss why you use tobacco, the addiction process, the health benefits of quitting, triggers, medications to help you quit, ways to change your behavior to keep you from going back to using tobacco, and more.
Each group session is led by a trained facilitator. It is the facilitator’s role to provide accurate information about quitting and keep the group ‘on track.’ The facilitator guides the conversation so everyone has the chance to talk about their quit process. The facilitator motivates the group and encourages interaction so each participant can draw on the success and support of each other.
Will the facilitator understand what it’s like to quit tobacco?Florida Ahec Network2021-03-22T08:43:26-04:00
Tools to Quit (TTQ) and Quit Smoking Now (QSN) were written by ex-tobacco users for people who want to be ex-tobacco users. The programs are based on what they went through to quit for good. It also includes information from the Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Best Practices, which set the standards for the best way to quit tobacco for good. And of course, you will be in a group of people who are trying to quit, just like you.
If your friend is ready to quit, it may be helpful for you both to attend. You may find it helpful to quit with a friend because you can carpool to the in-person group and talk to each other if you have a craving. You can also celebrate your success together. If you think your friend will not support you (or will make excuses for you to keep using tobacco), invite a different friend. Your friend does not have to be a tobacco user to come with you.
I tried to quit a few times before. How will this be any different?Florida Ahec Network2021-03-22T08:43:26-04:00
Each quit attempt is wonderful for your health and each one is also different from another. Your success in each quit attempt depends upon your emotional state, the impact of recent trauma or setbacks in life, and the amount of stress in your day-to-day routine. Remember, everyone starts using tobacco for different reasons and continues to do so over the years for different reasons. Each will quit in the way that fits them best. Plus, we talk with you about medications that double your chances of quitting for good.