Teens Can Use the Quit Monday Approach to Help Stop Vaping

A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics shows that nearly half of teens who vape would like to quit. This sobering statistic highlights the important of identifying simple and easy-to-apply solutions to tobacco cessation. Fortunately, there are steps — both small and large — an individual can take to improve their chances of a successful quit.

Healthline.com, a leading digital news site focused on health and wellness, analyzed the study and interviewed leading tobacco cessation experts, including Joanna Cohen, PhD and director of the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland. Dr. Cohen suggested the “Quit Monday” approach to quitting.

“Set a Monday quit date, write down a quit plan, connect with others — build a support team of friends, family, and trusted professionals — do a Monday check-in,” Cohen told Healthline. “Each week, review what is working, identify challenges and vaping triggers, celebrate weekly success, and recommit to quit if you (use again),” she said.

Joanna Cohen is an academic advisor for Quit & Stay Quit Monday (QSQM), a tobacco cessation tool designed by The Monday Campaigns in collaboration with the Institute for Global Tobacco Control and the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Johns Hopkins University. QSQM encourages people to quit, re-quit or recommit to quitting smoking every Monday.

Leveraging every Monday as a “fresh start” can support a more sustainable commitment to quitting, and our research shows that people are more likely to stop smoking on Monday compared to other days of the week, so it’s a natural time to engage them with cessation communications.

Click here for more information on how you can incorporate a Quit & Stay Quit Monday program within your organization.