This article examines changes in tobacco quitlines between 2005 and 2006. Tobacco quitlines have been shown to be an effective, lower-cost method to help smokers quit. Quitlines are more effective than self-help materials, single-session counseling, or other minimal interventions.
The authors analyzed data from the North American Quitline Consortium in 2005 and 2006, which surveys state and provincial quitlines. The response rate in both 2005 and 2006 was 100 percent. Authors also analyzed the per capita cost of quitlines using United States census data and examined the reach of quitlines and cost per smoker using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
The reach, budget and number of quitlines have increased between 2005 and 2006. While quitlines are an effective means to help smokers quit, they must continue to increase their reach to reach goals set by the CDC.