Quit By Phone
Vermont Quit Network phone coaching is a personalized, supportive and private way to quit smoking, that can double your chances of success.
If you're ready to quit, or if you want to help someone else quit, just call toll-free: 1-800-QUIT-NOW. Or click here and sign up to have the Vermont Quit Network call you back. The Quit Network phone coaches offer free nicotine replacement - gum, patches or lozenges - when you use the service, and it's shipped directly to your home. They can also send you free self-help info or put you in touch with a Vermont Quit Partner who you can meet with in person.
Meet the coaches on the other end of the line who are dedicated to your successful quit.
Michelle: My experience has shown me that there are as many pathways to quitting as there are personalities, but the core component to long-term success is mindset. Many people view quitting tobacco as an event. Rather, it is a process, and rarely a course that appears as a straight line. For most, quitting involves its share of ups, downs, and sidesteps along the path to transitioning to a fresh perspective and a new lifestyle. The key here is not perfection; it is dedication to not giving up on the process, or on oneself. Quitting by phone requires no transportation, offers flexibility in scheduling, and provides an element of anonymity and privacy that can put those unfamiliar with coaching at ease. Read more
Liz: I love that I come to work every day and have the chance to make a positive impact on someone’s life. I also enjoy helping someone find a way to move forward with their quit when they are feeling stuck or struggling to find a solution to a problem standing in their way. I have helped people make changes in their lives big and small, and know very well how difficult that process can be. With one participant, I had merely provided an opportunity to talk things out and explore possibilities. It was incredible to see what a difference this made for the participant. I think that a common misunderstanding about quitting is that this is a simple mind over matter habit that someone merely needs to stop doing. Smoking is a real addiction both physically and psychologically, and should be treated as such. Smoking is not a character flaw or sign of weakness. Read more
Brad: I love the challenge and the opportunity to learn and grow as a coach. I have a sense of accomplishment and pride hearing the success stories from our participants that have quit and are confident they will quit for good. I had one call where the participant was very reluctant to engage in coaching. Originally they were only interested in the patches and didn’t feel coaching could help. We started out slow and eventually the participant began to open up about his triggers and challenges, past experience quitting, and his quit plan. He had lots to share and we ended up with a very productive coaching session. Quitting by phone offers the ability to discuss personal issues and strategies in a private/relaxed atmosphere in your own home/work/car etc. It feels more like it is on your territory. Read more
Pat: I believe that after a career of health service, I have some experience and wisdom to motivate others to live better lives by making healthy lifestyle choices and changes. One of my best memories was taking a call from an 88-year-old, her two sons, and one grandson, three generations all in one call. She was leading her family to be smoke-free. It was a long call but worth every moment. My biggest tip has always been to reinforce and support empowerment over the addiction. Quitting allows the smoker to take back the control from the nicotine and smile within. I love saying to someone when they quit, ”enjoy your smoke-free life.” Read more
Timia: Making connections with people is something that I really enjoy as a coach, being a support system for people who otherwise wouldn’t have one. I get excited when I can tell someone has started making connections and the wheels get to turning and it keeps them encouraged. I always tell participants to be patient and be open. I remind them that this is their quit and only they will know what is going to work for them. Some people expect this to be quick, but quitting really is a process that takes a lot of time and commitment. I love to support and encourage people on their journeys to improve things about themselves. I like walking away knowing that I helped someone. Read more
The Vermont Department of Health pays for this service to make it free for all Vermonters.