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With patient consent, mental health or medical providers can directly enroll patients to the QUIT-NOW free support for quitting nicotine using the following forms:
People are more likely to quit commercial tobacco/nicotine with the support of their healthcare provider. Direct enrollment removes barriers to help people who want to quit.
- Comprehensive cessation services in English and Spanish
- 8-week supply of free nicotine gum, patch or lozenges
- Local cessation resources
- Educational materials
- Community forums
- Text message support (optional)
- four essential Practices
- Quit at your own pace.
- Conquer your urges to smoke.
- Use medications so they work.
- Don’t just quit, become a non-smoker.
Here are two apps and websites that can help young people quit using nicotine.
The first-of-its-kind program to help young people quit vaping, This is Quitting has helped more than 150,000 youth and young adults on their journey to quit vaping. Learn more about how it works and the additional resources available for parents of young vapers and for adults who want to quit.
Teens and young adults can join for free by texting DITCHJUUL to 88709
Also see this Truth Initiative article with resources to quit during coronavirus.
Who is this program for?
Young adults (13-17 years old) in the United States who want to be smokefree.
How long is it?
6-8 weeks, depending on your quit date. You will receive 3-5 messages per day.
For more information about SmokefreeTeen and other text message programs, check out the Frequently Asked Questions.
To sign up, complete the form below or text QUIT to 47848.
RCCNM provides support and advocacy to survivors of sexual assault and abuse within the greater Albuquerque area, and to serve as a community resource on issues regarding prevention and awareness of sexual violence.
24/7 hotline (505) 266-7711
Counseling: (505) 266-7712
Resolve offers training programs about sexual assault and domestic violence that focus on LGBTQ groups.
Resolve offers classes for individuals with the goal of preventing violence by building skills and inpsiring individuals to be agents of personal, community, and cultural change.
Santa Fe, NM
Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders
Monthly socials, caregiver support group.
Educational program to provide training for service providers on the unique challenges of older LGBT adults face.
PO Box 26836
Albuquerque, NM 87125
Sample Nondiscrimination Policy
“Beyond Ideas Counseling, LLC does not discriminate against or deny services, to any individual based on religion, race, color, creed, ancestry, relationship structure, sex, age, national origin, ableness, gender identity, gender expression, marital or income status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran or military status, citizenship status, genetic information, or any other basis that is prohibited by any applicable federal, state or county law.
Any alleged violations of this policy or questions regarding the law with respect to nondiscrimination should be directed to the Risk Manager (Lacey Stewart, LPCC).”
Human Rights Coalition has a number of sample NDP for hospitals:
Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center (New York, NY)
It is the policy of MSBI to provide equitable health care without discrimination against, or harassment of, any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, language, religion, sex, age, disability, citizenship, marital status, creed, sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity (the patient’s preferred gender will be respected, and the patient will be referred to by their name and pronoun of choice, whenever feasible) or other non-medically relevant factor or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. Any such discrimination or harassment is prohibited and will not be tolerated. This applies to admission, treatment, discharge or other participation in any of MSBI’s programs, services or activities, including, but not limited to: all patient admissions; all care, whether inpatient, outpatient or emergency in nature; all patients’ room, floor or section assignments or transfers, except in those cases where patient safety or health condition is a necessary consideration; and employee assignments to patient services.
For a more complete gender policy that includes nondiscrimination, see this excellent example from Multnomah County. Gender policy Multnomah County Oregon 2-28-20
§ 3-42-010 Purpose
The county is committed to maintaining a workplace that is free of discrimination, harassment,
or retaliatory conduct on the basis of gender identity or gender expression. It is committed to
creating and maintaining an environment in which each person is respected and valued
without regard to protected status.
This policy addresses conduct in the workplace and seeks to ensure appropriate workplace
treatment so that all employees may perform their jobs free from discrimination, harassment,
or retaliatory conduct. Volunteers and interns (paid or unpaid) are also covered by this policy.
§ 3-42-020 Policy
Multnomah County prohibits workplace discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis
of gender identity or gender expression. Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation are
prohibited in the workplace, in any work-related setting outside the workplace, when wearing a
uniform or insignia that identifies the individual as a County employee, and when using county
owned equipment including vehicles and electronic devices such as computers, telephones,
photocopiers and faxes.
Employees who violate this rule may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.
Every employee shares the responsibility for promptly bringing to the county’s attention
conduct that interferes with providing a work environment free of discrimination, harassment,
and retaliation on the basis of gender identity or gender expression.
The National LGBT Cancer Network is collecting stories of LGBTQ+ lives during COVID-19 and quarantine.
Share Your Quarantine Story
“While we usually collect stories here about the impact of tobacco and cancer on LGBTQ+ people’s lives, in light of COVID-19 the National LGBT Cancer Network wants to expand our focus to collect stories about how coronavirus and self-quarantining are affecting our lives. These stories will be shared with partner LGBTQ+ organizations. It is our goal to uplift a wide range of experiences and perspectives, to help show public health officials, the media, legislators, and ourselves how this pandemic is impacting our communities. We have increased health risks due to high smoking rates, high rates of HIV and cancer, and proven barriers to accessing health care. We also have less economic stability, less social support, and a large number of potentially isolated elders, all of which may leave us especially vulnerable during this time. We need to record the stories of how this is impacting us.
As an LGBTQ+ person, how has this virus and social distancing impacted your life?”
These apps are free and recommended by CDC for support in quitting nicotine.
- SmokefreeTXT—text message-based support program
- quitSTART—tips, information, and challenges to help you quit
- Get ready to quit with tips and information to prepare you for becoming smokefree
- Monitor your progress and earn badges for smokefree milestones and other achievements
- Get back on track if you slip and smoke
- Manage cravings and bad moods in healthy ways
- Distract yourself from cravings with games and challenges
- Store helpful tips, inspirations, and challenges in your Quit Kit
- Share your progress and favorite tips through social media
- SmokefreeTXT—text message-based support program
“…Smoking was associated with more than a doubling of odds of disease progression in people who had already developed COVID.”
If you want support in quitting tobacco or vaping access these free resources:
The Gay Agenda Weekly is a sparkly newsletter with queer and trans* events happening in Albuquerque and beyond. The emails include music shows, organizing opportunities, and LGBTQ+ history, and art. Sign up here.