Quitline frequently asked questions
What is a quitline?
A quitline is a tobacco cessation service available through a toll-free telephone number. Quitlines are staffed by counselors trained specifically to help smokers quit. Today, telephone quitlines deliver information, advice, support, and referrals through 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to tobacco users—in all U.S. states. The S.C. Tobacco Quitline is an example of a state-managed quitline.
Do quitlines really help smokers quit?
Yes! Quitline callers are more likely to succeed than those who try to quit smoking on their own.
Proactive phone counseling is more effective than less intensive approaches such as self-help materials and tailored mail. The S.C. Tobacco Quitline offers one-on-one coaching for tobacco users ready to quit, or thinking about quitting. The Quitline treats every tobacco user as a unique individual and tailors a tobacco cessation plan that is based on the participant’s lifestyle, preferences, and tobacco use history.
Support and services
What support can be expected when someone calls the S.C. Tobacco Quitline?
S.C. callers have access to many different types of cessation information and services, including free support and advice from an experienced cessation counselor, a personalized quit plan and self-help materials, social support and coping strategies to help deal with cravings, and the latest information about cessation medications. Other services, as available, are discussed with the participant when he or she registers.
How much does this service cost?
Absolutely nothing! 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) is a free service to help S.C. residents stop smoking or quit other forms of tobacco use.
Are there services in my neighborhood that can help someone stop smoking?
1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) can also connect you to cessation services and other resources that might be offered in your area.