ALBANY – Teenagers and young adults looking to quit vaping can now text the state for support under a new program launched Friday.

The text-based intervention program is the latest attempt by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to end youth vaping, which has spiked in recent years. Cuomo announced the "#NoVapeNY" program in his budget proposal earlier this year.

"The alarming increase in the number of young people using e-cigarettes is proof we need to curb this deadly epidemic before another generation develops lifelong nicotine addictions," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

Under the program, young people can receive daily interactive messages that include messages of encouragement, coping strategies and skill-building exercises designed to help them quit.

Those looking to enroll can do so by texting "DropTheVape" to 88709.

Cuomo, earlier this year, announced plans to crackdown on marketing programs used by the vaping industry and ban all flavored vapes and e-cigarettes, including menthol, which he has repeatedly blamed for a nationwide increase in teenage nicotine use among teenagers.

In New York, nearly 40% of high school seniors and 27% of all high schoolers are currently using e-cigarettes, according to the state's Department of Health.

And the number of teenagers using vapes has more than doubled in recent years from 10.5% in 2014 to 27.4% in 2018, an 160% increase, according to the Department of Health.

The next text-intervention program was created in conjunction with the public health organization, Truth Initiative, which has a similar nationwide text-intervention service already in place.

New York's service is tailored to two different age groups: 13-17 and 18-24.

Those enrolled will receive the daily messages for one month but have the option to extend the program by setting a quit date.

Users who choose to set a quit date will receive messages up to one-week prior to the date and at least two-months after the date passes.

The program also directs users to the state's Quitline, which offers support services and free access to nicotine replacement options, like the patch.

The text service is the latest attempt by lawmakers to crackdown on teenage nicotine use.

Last year, lawmakers moved to raise the age to purchase tobacco products to 21 from 18.

Cuomo also sought to ban all flavored vapes last year through an emergency executive order following a string of vaping related illnesses swept across the country.

To date, four people in the state have died from the illness, which has been linked to vitamin E acetate, a substance connected to illicit marijuana vapes.

The emergency ban was blocked by a state Appellate court just hours before it was set to take effect, prompting Cuomo to propose banning the products legislatively.

Cuomo's proposed plans were included as part of his state budget for the upcoming fiscal year were praised by national health organizations.

The state's budget is due March 31.