Do quitlines work?
Using a quitline can increase the chance that a tobacco user will be successful in his or her quit attempt. Proactive phone counseling is more effective than less intensive approaches such as self-help materials and tailored mail.
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—regardless of their geographic location, race/ethnicity, or economic status—in all U.S. states.
The S.C. Tobacco Quitline plays a role in increasing the number of tobacco users making a quit attempt and in the success rate of those attempts. Both factor into lowering the state’s overall smoking rates.
A review of multiple quitline studies indicated that proactive quitlines like the S.C. Tobacco Quitline, showed a 56% increase in quit rates when compared to self-help (people quitting on their own) (Stead et al. 2004).
Quitlines can provide effective assistance to those who seek it and also to increase quitting among tobacco users in general. In comparison to traditional cessation programs, a quitline:
- Can eliminate barriers of traditional cessation classes, like needing transportation or child care
- Is readily accessible to those with limited mobility
- Offers access to those who live in rural or remote areas
- Appeals to those who are reluctant to participate in a group program
The S.C. Tobacco Quitline can also connect you to cessation services and other resources offered in your area.
If you have questions or need more information, call (803) 545-4467.