2002 Phoenix Conference Considers Strategies for Quitlines, Which Help Callers Stop Smoking

North American Conference on Smoking Cessation Quitlines

The National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Md., and other funders convened the North American Conference of Smoking Cessation Quitlines in Phoenix, Ariz., on May 8–10, 2002.

"Quitlines" are telephone-based services providing tobacco cessation information and support to callers. Conference participants developed a set of recommendations concerning quitlines.

MasiMax Resources, Inc., Rockville, Md., organized the conference. Masimax provides research, communications and administrative support to the National Institutes of Health and other entities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Key Results

  • The North American Conference of Smoking Cessation Quitlines was attended by more than 100 quitline and other tobacco cessation providers, funders and researchers from across the United States and Canada.

    The conference featured presentations, roundtable discussions, panel discussions and five workgroups that explored issues pertinent to quitlines:

    • Establishing a consortium to advance quitlines.
    • Identifying effective interventions for smokers.
    • Evaluating the effectiveness of quitlines.
    • Working with special populations.
    • Increasing the impact of quitlines on the population.
  • According to Project Director Ruth Stadius, a key consensus of conference participants was that a consortium of quitline providers is needed to:

    • Disseminate models of cessation interventions based on research evidence.
    • Develop a minimum standard data set (indicators concerning outcomes, quality, reach, cost, etc.).
    • Support networking, training and research in the field.

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