WARREN, N.J., Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Quitting cigarettes is tough, no matter the season or the reason. But this holiday season, thanks to social distancing and limited physical interactions, will be tougher than ever for those trying to quit to get the support they need.
To help fill the physical void, Nicorette is teaming up with race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., actor, singer and advocate Rumer Willis, and television host and best-selling author Ross Mathews, for a #StartStoppingShoutOut, a virtual yet powerful initiative to keep smokers motivated on their quit journey this holiday season. The nationwide sweepstakes invites friends and family members to nominate smokers they want to help quit for the chance to win a personalized shout out from Dale, Rumer or Ross. 30 winners will be awarded a custom video message and the sweepstakes will be open from December 1, 2020 through December 8, 2020. Nominations can be submitted at www.NicoretteShoutOut.com.
For the nearly 34.4 million Americans who smoke cigarettes, the idea of quitting can be daunting1. While nearly 65% of smokers reported trying to quit three or more times, only 28% said they still felt motivated during their last attempt, and only 18% felt confident that they can quit2. And, though the World Health Organization has warned that smokers may be at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-193, smoking is actually on the rise: Nearly a third of smokers report they're smoking more since the pandemic began4. With the new year upon us, it's never been a better time – especially now – to help people renew or stay motivated on their quit journey.
"Overcoming addiction and staying motivated through the ups and downs of a quit journey during normal times is challenging—physically, psychologically, and emotionally. During the COVID-19 pandemic, an individual's quit journey may be unthinkable," says Dr. Indra Cidambi, a Nicorette Addiction Expert and board-certified Addiction Medicine specialist and Psychiatrist. "Together with Nicorette, I hope to help smokers stay motivated when starting or sustaining their quit journey by shining a light on how difficult it can be and encouraging the use of effective smoking cessation methods."
"It's never been more important to support people through the emotional challenges of quitting smoking," says Pam Remash, Marketing Director, U.S. Smoker's Health, GSK Consumer Healthcare. "Through our ongoing commitment to help smokers stop smoking – no matter what part of the journey they are on – we hope that the support and encouragement of these shout outs will help people get or stay motivated to quit smoking."
For more than 20 years, Nicorette and NicoDerm CQ have helped people successfully quit smoking. Nicorette is available in gum, lozenges, and mini lozenges and helps people quit smoking by gradually stepping down exposure to nicotine. NicoDerm CQ is a nicotine patch that's designed to help people quit smoking. Studies show that nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products combined with behavioral support can improve one's chances of quitting smoking.
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