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NAQC Newsroom: Tobacco Control

QuitConnect: A National Smoker’s Registry for Proactive Re-Engagement!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Researchers Jim Thrasher, PhD,and Scott Strayer, MD, MPH, at the University of South Carolina, have partnered with NAQC to develop QuitConnect, a voluntary nation-wide registry for smokers who have contacted quitlines. QuitConnect has two purposes:1)to expand smokers’ access to additional cessation tools and resources via a web application and 2) to provide cessation researchers with a means to test new cessation messages and techniques.The goal ofthe current CDC-funded pilot projectis to explore the feasibility of creating a registry on a flexible technology platform, with stakeholder input on governance and data use agreements. This approach is intended tocomplement the work already undertaken by quitlines. The pilot project will only be offered to smokers who call quitlines in participating states, but future iterations may be expanded to include other interested states, different types of tobacco users, and tobacco users who do not utilize quitlines. The vision for QuitConnect is that it will reach and engage with different populations of tobacco users, utilizing multiple methods of access to high quality cessation resources and support from local, regional, and national sources. Many members of the consortium have already participated in the pilot project as workgroup members or in focus groups, to help refinethe vision for this project. Look for more information on the progress and results of the QuitConnect project in future newsletters.

For questions or additional information, please contact the project manager, Dr. Mark Macauda,

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