#FirstRespondersFirst Offers the Pivot Digital Tobacco Cessation Program to Frontline Healthcare Workers During the COVID-19 Crisis

Thrive Global, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the CAA Foundation and Carrot Inc. partner to help our hero first responder healthcare workers quit smoking during the pandemic

 

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., July 13, 2020 — Digital health company Carrot Inc. today announced their partnership with #FirstRespondersFirst to offer their Pivot digital tobacco cessation program to frontline healthcare workers at no cost during the COVID-19 crisis. Pivot will be launched initially in Boston with 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the largest Healthcare Union in the U.S., with the option for national expansion.

#FirstRespondersFirst, an initiative of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthThrive Global, and the CAA Foundation, takes a whole human approach to supporting first responder healthcare workers as they serve on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic through the provision of essential protective equipment, accommodations, child care, food, and mental health support. “The heroes of this pandemic are the healthcare workers who are risking their own health and enduring burnout and exhaustion among many other challenges on our behalf,” said Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO of Thrive Global. “We know too well that tobacco significantly increases the risk for COVID-19 and we wanted to support healthcare workers by providing them with Pivot’s digital cessation program. We must show up for this community as they are showing up for us.”

Tobacco use contributes to many of the health conditions known to elevate the risk for COVID-19 complications, such as lung disease, heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. Furthermore, cigarette smoke causes inflammation in the respiratory tract, as well as impairment of the immune system, making it harder for a tobacco user to avoid infection should they be exposed to the novel coronavirus and other viruses, like influenza.

Pivot is an evidence-based, mobile, tobacco cessation program that includes the first FDA-cleared personal carbon monoxide breath sensor (enables user to visualize their smoking behavior), a mobile app for motivation and skill building, personal coaching, free nicotine replacement medications, community support, lessons and challenges, and a clear path to helping users quit (cigarettes, e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco). To learn more, visit pivot.co.

“Partnering with #FirstRespondersFirst to offer evidence-based modern tobacco cessation services to healthcare workers is a great opportunity to help these heroes be safer and healthier during COVID-19,” said David S. Utley, MD, Carrot founder and former Stanford head and neck cancer surgeon.  “Most people who smoke want to quit, but don’t know how.  Pivot offers them the support they need and the services that are proven to help them quit.”

“We know that helping a person quit tobacco has a remarkably positive impact on public health as a whole, as well as a life-changing impact on the individual and their family,” said Michelle A. Williams, Dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “We initiated #FirstRespondersFirst to provide resources and solutions to our first responders that they otherwise may not have access to during COVID-19. We are delighted to offer Pivot to our first responders during the COVID-19 crisis.”

 

About Carrot Inc.
Carrot is a digital health company that delivers clinically proven, behavioral science-based solutions that empower people to take control of their personal health. Carrot’s first product is Pivot, a program designed to help people quit tobacco on their terms. In the future, Carrot will deliver additional products and services that address other chronic conditions such as alcohol and drug addiction, weight loss and exercise, digestive health, and diabetes prevention and management. To learn more, visit carrot.co

 

About Pivot
Pivot is an evidence-based, mobile, tobacco cessation program that includes the first FDA-cleared personal carbon monoxide breath sensor (enables user to visualize their smoking behavior), a mobile app for motivation and skill building, personal coaching, free nicotine replacement medications, community support, lessons and challenges, and a clear path to helping users quit (cigarettes, e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco). To learn more, visit pivot.co.

 

About First Responders First
#FirstRespondersFirst, an initiative of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthThrive Global, and the CAA Foundation, takes a whole human approach to supporting first responder healthcare workers as they serve on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. #FirstRespondersFirst’s fundraising call to action helps provide essential protective equipment, accommodations, child care, food, mental health support, and other resources to this demographically and socially diverse workforce, ranging from minimum-wage hourly workers in home-care settings to social workers, nurses, physicians, and beyond, through its implementing collaborators Americares, Direct Relief, World Central Kitchen, and Bright Horizons, with additional support from Cisco, IHG Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International, Mattel, and Modelo, among others. Powered by Thrive Global’s behavior change platform, #FirstRespondersFirst also provides access to Harvard Chan School’s evidence-based content, specifically tailored to this critical workforce, to help improve the physical and mental well-being of healthcare workers.  Dutch Bros Coffee, the country’s largest privately held drive-thru coffee company, serves as #FirstRespondersFirst’s premier corporate donor.