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State-level Factors Influencing Tobacco Cessation Quitline Spending in 2008

Monday, July 26, 2010  
State-level Factors Influencing Tobacco Cessation Quitline Spending in 2008.
Beyer EJ, Keller PA, Bailey LA, Baker TB, Fiore MC. Prev Med. 2010 Aug;51(2):191-2. Epub 2010 May 15.

This paper examined NAQC Annual Survey data from the Fiscal Year 2008 survey to explore state-level factors that may influence per-capita quitline spending. Per-capita tobacco control expenditures was the most consistent predictor of state per-capita quitline spending. This is consistent with previous findings, and is logically consistent: it is reasonable to assume that states with larger tobacco control budgets would spend a larger per-capita amount on quitlines along with all other aspects of comprehensive tobacco control programs.

However, other variables that were predictive of state per-capita quitline spending in prior years, such as consumption, political ideology, etc. were not statistically significant for FY2008. It may be that the global economic recession had an impact in this way, that the findings are exhibiting random year-to-year variation, or that quitlines have become better integrated into state tobacco control programs. The authors conclude that additional research into whether and how state-level factors influence quitline funding levels is needed to allow advocates and policy-makers to understand better how to advocate for ongoing support of these population-based services.

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