New program designed to help teen smokers
Teens trying to kick the nicotine habit don't have to do it alone, thanks to a new program that pairs medical know-how with moral support in a group setting.
Miami Children's Hospital recently started ``Not on Tobacco'' (N-O-T), a smoking cessation program aimed specifically at teenagers.
The 10-week program, developed by the American Lung Association, uses a holistic approach designed to let kids work through issues that contribute to smoking, such as peer pressure, stress and anger. Participants are separated into boys' and girls' groups for weekly meetings conducted by a member of the hospital staff. Teens will also receive tips for managing symptoms of withdrawal and avoiding a relapse.
For teens who don't stick with the program -- and continue to smoke -- the hospital offers a medical alternative. Participants in the Prescription for Life program are placed under a doctor's supervision for four months. Program treatments include medication to reduce withdrawal symptoms and nicotine replacement aids such as patches, gum or inhalants.
For more information on program costs, schedules and eligibility, call 305-663-6853.