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A Multistate Asian-Language Tobacco Quitline: Addressing a Disparity in Access to Care. Am J Public

Thursday, May 14, 2015  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Cummins SE, Wong S, Bonnevie E, Lee HR, Goto CJ, McCree-Carrington J, Kirby C, Zhu SH
A Multistate Asian-Language Tobacco Quitline: Addressing a Disparity in Access to Care.Am J Public Health. 
2015 Apr 23:e1-e6. [Epub ahead of print]
We conducted a dissemination and implementation study to translate an intervention protocol for Asian-language smokers from an efficacy trial into an effective and sustainable multistate service. Three state tobacco programs (in California, Colorado, and Hawaii) promoted a multistate cessation quitline to 3 Asian-language-speaking communities: Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. The California quitline provided counseling centrally to facilitate implementation. Three more states joined the program during the study period (January 2010-July 2012). We assessed the provision of counseling, quitting outcomes, and dissemination of the program.
A total of 2004 smokers called for the service, with 88.3% opting for counseling. Among those opting for counseling, the 6-month abstinence rate (18.8%) was similar to results of the earlier efficacy trial (16.4%). The intervention protocol, based on an efficacy trial, was successfully translated into a multistate service and further disseminated. This project paved the way for the establishment of a national quitline for Asian-language speakers, which serves as an important strategy to address disparities in access to care. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print April 23, 2015: e1-e6. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2014.302418).

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