2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the California Smokers’
Helpline, the first state/provincial quitline in North America! In an effort to
engage the entire quitline community in a celebration of all we have learned,
endured and achieved over the past twenty years, NAQC just launched its first blog, Celebrating
20 Years of Quitline History with 20 Questions About our Future.
The blog features
twenty questions generated
by leaders across tobacco control and answered by
quitline colleagues across North America. The final three questions were revealed at the
2012 NAQC Conference.
There, conference attendees engaged
in a lively, fun, collaborative process to answer the questions most focused on
the future of quitlines: What
is the future of quitlines in the next 3-5 years? How do we get there? What are
the individual skills, talents, expertise that YOU bring to the future of
Each blog question is listed below along with the colleague who
graciously responded. Simply click on the question to read the full response.
To download a PDF of all blog responses simply click HERE.
NAQC members are invited to post responses to blog entries and to
share their own answers to the 20 questions about our future! View blog instructions HERE.
Question #1, January 3, 2012
What does the California Smokers’ Helpline know now in 2012 that they wish
they knew 20 years ago when the quitline was just starting up?
Shu-Hong Zhu, PhD
Question #2, January 30, 2012
Knowing what we know now, if we built the quitline cessation service
of tomorrow, capable of serving and attracting tobacco users across the whole
nation, what would it look like?
David Willoughby, MA
Question #3, February 14, 2012
This Valentine’s Day, are you dreaming of the perfect quitline?
Ann Wendling, MD
Question #4, February 28, 2012
What are the lessons-learned over the past 20 years that quitlines MUST carry
forward into the next 20 years?
Tim McAfee, MD, MPH
Question #5, March 12, 2012
How do we make quit lines make a difference in lowering smoking rates? How can
quit lines be significant to population-based tobacco control?
Mike Cummings, PhD, MPH
Question #6, April 9, 2012
What strategies can we use to engage Generation Y in quit coaching?
Jack Boomer, MPA
Question #7, May 21, 2012
What are some of the creative strategies you have used to garner support from
policymakers? If you could give one piece of advice on communicating with
policymakers about quitlines, what would it be?
Jennifer Singleterry, MA
Question #8, May 29, 2012
What makes quitlines a powerful tool in building public-private partnerships?
Question #9, June 4, 2012
What makes a good quitline coach?
Stephen Michael, MS
Question #10, June 11, 2012
What are the most critical aspects of training for quit coaches?
Question #11, June 18, 2012
What is the role of your quitline in encouraging or supporting health-systems
Question #12, June 25, 2012
How the quitline community can move most effectively from fax-referral to
e-referral and what the benefits of such a change would be?
Rob Adsit, MEd
Question #13, July 9, 2012
What role can cost-sharing partnerships play in ensuring sustainable quitline
services in states and provinces?
Julie Rainey, PhD
Question #14, July 30, 2012
What ongoing research is most likely to advance quitlines and the cessation
Susan Zbikowski, PhD
Question #15, August 1, 2012
What are the opportunities on the very near horizon that quitlines must take
full advantage of?
Scott Leischow, PhD
Question #16, August 8, 2012
How do we most effectively leverage quitlines to improve cessation
Question #17, August 21, 2012
What is the potential of quitines and cessation services to decrease
tobacco use prevalence in this decade?
David Abrams, PhD