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NAQC makes annual survey data available to members through a peer-review process. Please contact annualsurvey@naquitline.org for information about the Data Request Protocol featuring:
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  • data use prerequisites
  • the request protocol process
  • the request and review process
  • data use responsibilities and restrictions

Approved NAQC Annual Survey Data Requests


May 25, 2010
Cornell University requested NAQC Annual Survey data from 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2008.
The request was approved by a 3-person panel of NAQC members and NAQC’s Director of Research on April 19, 2010. Professor Donald Kenkel requested access to the data to conduct an economometric analysis of state-sponsored quitlines to test the impact of quitlines on smoking cessation attempts as indicated by BRFSS surveys for the same years as the NAQC survey data. The research questions include whether access to a state-sponsored quitline increases the probability of a cessation attempt in general and for special populations, and how quitline characteristics affect the probability of a cessation attempt. The research findings will be presented at conference presentations and be submitted to academic and policy journals for publication. In addition, findings will be summarized in a fact sheet for NAQC members, a conference call will be held where findings will be presented to members, and a brief summary of findings will be included in Connections.

May 25, 2010
The American Lung Association requested 2009 NAQC Annual Survey data.
The request was approved by a 3-person panel of NAQC members and NAQC’s Director of Research on April 19, 2010. In formulating its request, ALA consulted with several quitlines, regional Lung Associations, and the NAQC Advisory Council. ALA requested access to the data to include information about quitlines in the American Lung Association’s State Tobacco Cessation Coverage Database, as well as in the publications Helping Smokers Quit: State Cessation Coverage and State of Tobacco Control (SOTC). ALA will conduct a webinar in early November, 2010 for NAQC members about the impending release of the Helping Smokers Quit report. A week before the release of the report, NAQC members will receive a fact sheet, talking points, and other materials related to the release of the report by email. A similar process (webinar and support materials) will be conducted in December 2010 regarding the January release of the State of Tobacco Control report.

May 25, 2010
The Knowledge Integration in Quitlines: Networks that Improve Cessation (KIQNIC) research team requested NAQC annual survey data from 2008.
Their request was approved by a 3-person panel of NAQC members on December 21, 2009 and January 18, 2010. NAQC’s Director of Research abstained from the discussion due to her direct involvement on the KIQNIC research team. The data were requested to help the KIQNIC team answer questions regarding the relationship between quitline characteristics, quitline placement within the social network of quitlines, decision-making characteristics and values, and implementation of best and innovative quitline practices. The research team has, and will continue to consult with NAQC members via the NAQC KIQNIC workgroup as they conduct analyses and develop a dissemination plan to provide study findings in ways that are most useful to the quitline community. Findings will also be presented at conferences and published in academic journals.

October 19, 2009
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health, requested NAQC Annual Survey Data from 2008.
Their request was approved by a 3-person panel of NAQC members and NAQC’s Director of Research on September 18. The CDC requested access to the data to prepare for CDC’s potential Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that provides funding to expand state quitline programs and to prepare for the OMB application for the National Data Warehouse that standardizes quitline data collection as part of a federal effort. The proposed analysis will examine how many tobacco users receive quitline services and how many respondents complete the quitline intake and follow-up surveys.

The number of quitters will be estimated by applying a quit rate from the Clinical Practice Guideline for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence to the data from annual survey question 53 (number of tobacco users receiving counseling).
The total number of tobacco users calling for themselves will be used to estimate the number of respondents who complete an intake survey and will be used to generate an upper estimate of the number of respondents who complete a follow-up survey.

State-specific data were to be published in a potential FOA to the states and a 60-day Federal Register Notice in connection with the quitline data warehouse OMB application (CDC plans subsequently changed and this information was not included in the FOA - http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/recovery/state.htm). The CDC’s request for access to the data was approved under the conditions that a table with quit rates for each state not be produced or published in any CDC document, that a table with the number of quitters for each state not be produced if it could be used to calculate a quit rate for each state, and that any listing of the number of quitters for each state be accompanied by an explicit description of how the calculations were performed (and specifically that the numbers are estimates not generated by the states themselves). The data as requested for use by CDC provides a rare opportunity to increase funding for quitlines and to increase quitline treatment reach and the number of quitters.

May 4, 2009
Professional Data Analysts, Inc. (PDA) requested NAQC Annual Survey data from 2006 and 2008.
Their request was approved by a 3-person panel of NAQC members and NAQC’s Director of Research on March 9. PDA requested access to the data on behalf of two of their state quitline clients. The proposed analysis will examine the relationship between call volume and various other factors including media expenditures per adult smoker, total quitline budget, services offered (including medications), and other variables. PDA will prepare a report to share with NAQC members that describes the range of media costs per enrollment across the 50 states, as well as the predictive model developed to understand the impact of some factors on media costs per enrollment. This information may be useful to NAQC members in assessing the role of media.

December 19, 2008
Douglas Levy, Ph.D., requested access to NAQC Annual Survey data from 2004-2006.
Request was reviewed by a three-person panel of NAQC members and NAQC’s Director of Research. Request approved on December 19, 2008. Dr. Levy’s research project is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Substance Abuse Policy Research Program and is focused on identifying targets to improve smoking cessation advice rates in the inpatient setting. Dr. Levy and his team will use NAQC Annual Survey data to analyze factors that influence the rates of inpatient smoking cessation advice or counseling, especially among hospitals that primarily serve racial/ethnic minority, Medicaid and uninsured populations. For example, how long a quitline has been in existence, whether it provides medications or not and how large its promotions budget is could influence the anti-tobacco climate of a state and affect smoking cessation advice and counseling rates by raising the profile of tobacco control and providing a specific outlet where hospitalized smokers can get additional help. Dr. Levy will share his findings with NAQC when they are available. The study may help identify strategies for increasing quitline referrals.
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