ADAMHS PARTNERS To Help Smokers

Media Contact: Samantha Elder selder@mcadamhs.org

DAYTON, OH - Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) has partnered with Truth Initiative®, a national public health organization to offer a digital program to help individuals quit smoking and vaping. The EX Program also expands solutions for the local workforce, as these smoking and vaping services are now available through Montgomery County ADAMHS.

 “We know these are stressful times, but we also know that smoking and vaping actually trigger cravings and make you feel worse,” stated Bruce Barcelo, Program Coordinator for Montgomery County ADAMHS. Barcelo added, “The EX Program will give participants the skills and confidence they need to quit on their terms. They will even provide one month of patches, gum or lozenges for free. Using quitting medications can double the chances of quitting successfully.”

 The financial and health impacts of smoking emphasize the need for innovative and integrated approaches to quitting:

  • Nearly 70% of smokers want to quit.
  • 55% of smokers make a quit attempt annually, yet only 7% are successful.
  • According to a recent study, an employee who smokes can cost an employer nearly$6,000 more than a nonsmoking employee.

Truth Initiative has a long history of building engaging digital interventions and the EX Program grew out of the organization’s vast portfolio of peer-reviewed and field-leading research. To date, more than 895,000 participants have enrolled in EX, developing the skills and confidence critical for quitting smoking successfully. Research has shown that following the EX quit plan quadruples a tobacco user's chance of quitting. In response to the e-cigarette epidemic in 2019, the EX Program expanded to include cessation support for e-cigarettes, as well as resources for parents who want to help their child quit vaping.

To register for the program, visit: https://www.becomeanex.org/signup/MCADAMHS.
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About Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Resources (ADAMHS):

 Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) is responsible for the planning, funding and monitoring of public mental health and addiction treatment services for individuals and families of Montgomery County, Ohio. Under Ohio law, the ADAMHS Board is one of 50 Boards coordinating the public behavioral health and addiction treatment and recovery system in Ohio. For more information about ADAMHS, please visit www.mcadamhs.org or call 937-443-0416.

 

 About Truth Initiative:

Truth Initiative is a national public health organization that is inspiring lives free from smoking, vaping and nicotine and building a culture where all young people reject tobacco. In 2020, we are celebrating 20 years of saving lives and preventing millions of youth from smoking. Our impact has helped drive the teen smoking rate down from 23% in 2000 to an all-time low of 3.7% in 2019. The truth about tobacco and the tobacco industry are at the heart of our proven-effective and nationally recognized truth® public education campaign. truth has also recently taken on the youth epidemics of vaping and opioids. Our rigorous scientific research and policy studies, community and youth engagement programs supporting populations at high risk of using tobacco and innovation in tobacco dependence treatment, are also helping to end one of the most critical public health battles of our time. Based in Washington D.C., our organization, formerly known as the American Legacy Foundation, was established and funded through the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement between attorneys general from 46 states, five U.S. territories and the tobacco industry. To learn more, visit truthinitiative.org.

 About the EX Program:

 The EX Program is the only quit-tobacco program that combines the scientific leadership in digital tobacco solutions from Truth Initiative with a proven treatment model from Mayo Clinic. This program provides the personalized support that tobacco users—smokers, vapers, and chew tobacco users—need for the behavioral, social, and physical aspects of addiction. The EX Program includes a personalized quit plan with interactive exercises; live chat coaching with experts; the longest-running and largest community of current and former tobacco users; text messaging tailored to the participant; and quit medication delivered to the participant’s home. Clients receive ongoing program performance reports, promotional materials, a dedicated client success manager, and more. Visit www.theexprogram.com to learn more.