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Maximizing the Cessation Benefit from Policy Changes
As summarized in the NCI Monograph, Population Based Smoking Cessation, more tobacco users attempt to quit after passage of smoke-free policies. An increase in smoke-free laws is driving a need for easy access to effective cessation treatments for tobacco users wishing to quit. As more states are poised to pass tobacco-control legislation, telephone-based cessation counseling (quitlines) offers a unique and cost-effective opportunity to provide cessation support to a broad and diverse population of tobacco users.

Committed to strengthening the linkages of quitlines and other tobacco control policy efforts and recognizing the impact of smoke-free policies on quitline usage, NAQC has launched the project, Maximizing the Cessation Benefit from Policy Changes. The project’s focus is on how to increase quit attempts through the use of quitlines after passage of smoke-free policies.

NAQC staff members worked with quitlines and partners to develop a Web repository of case studies on states or provinces that implemented new clean indoor air laws in 2004-2007, with updates from 2009. Information collected from case studies was then used to create a playbook that describes strategies to help states maximize cessation attempts through the use of quitlines and suggest an ideal approach to accomplish this goal. Project materials assist quitlines in states or provinces with future policy changes.

This project is made possible through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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