More than 30 states have instituted quitlines - smoking cessation telephone counseling services - as an intervention method for smokers. Quitlines are estimated to help smokers quit at twice the rate of other intervention programs 1 .
** Among individuals who received smoking cessation materials in addition to quitline access, 20.7% abstained from cigarettes after one month, 7.5% remained smoke-free at one year, and 23.3% had made at least one attempt to quit within that year.
** Among those receiving materials without quitline intervention, only 9.6% abstained from cigarettes at one month, 4.1% were smoke-free after one year, and 18.4% had made an attempt to quit within the year.
For a complete map of the state quitlines, see http://www.smokefree.gov/usmap.html
It has been shown that such combinations of intervention strategies, including medication, daily behavior change, and emotional support, can be the most successful for smoking cessation.
1 Zhu SH, Anderson CM, Tedeschi GJ, Rosbrook B, Johnson CE, Byrd M, Gutierrez-Terrell E. "Evidence of real-world effectiveness of a telephone quitline for smokers." N Engl J Med. 2002 Oct 3;347(14):1106-9.