QUITLINES AND SMOKING
Smokers who want to quit smoking can find help in smoking cessation programs held in settings such as hospitals, health centers and counseling agencies. These programs may use a variety of techniques including aversion therapy, hypnosis, acupuncture, acupressure and individual and/or group therapy or mutual support groups to help people give up cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff or other substances containing nicotine. There are also Quitline programs run in each state that provide smokers with resources to help them quit their smoking habits. Connecticut Quitline is an example of one such program.
Connecticut Quitline is a smoking cessation telephone service that provides information and counseling about tobacco use. Callers can phone (866) 363-4224 (866-END-HABIT) Monday-Sunday: 8am-3am. Written materials are also sent to callers, based on their readiness to quit. Separate materials are available for pregnant women who wish to quit smoking. Callers who are ready to quit smoking and are interested in further telephone based service will receive up to 5 telephone counseling sessions and a Quit Kit containing informational and supportive materials that help deal with the effects of smoking cessation. Connecticut Quitline is funded by the Connecticut Department of Public Health and administered by Alere Wellbeing, a commercial tobacco treatment provider. Information on tobacco use and smoking cessation can be downloaded at the Alere website: www.alerewellbeing.com/
OTHER STATE QUITLINES
Outside of Connecticut, similar smoking cessation programs can be found in other states. Smokefree.gov (http://smokefree.gov/), a website created by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), has a map guide to locating local phone numbers and websites for each state’s program. The website also contains NCI’s national telephone quitline and instant messaging service, a step-by-step smoking cessation guide and downloadable publications.
TO FIND PROVIDERS IN CONNECTICUT'S COMMUNITY RESOURCES DATABASE:
Search by service name: Smoking Cessation
SOURCES: Connecticut Quitline
listing in Connecticut’s Community Resources
Database; Alere Wellbeing website; National
Cancer Institute: Smokefree.gov website
PREPARED BY: 211/pt
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: August2013