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

Monday, October 19, 2015  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Sharon E. Cummins, Shiushing Wong, Erika Bonnevie, Hye-ryeon Lee, Cynthia J. Goto, Judy McCree Carrington, Carrie Kirby, and Shu-Hong Zhu.  
A Multistate Asian-Language Tobacco Quitline: Addressing a Disparity in Access to Care. 
American Journal of Public Health: October 2015, Vol. 105, No. 10, pp. 2150-2155.
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 program (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 trail (16.4%). The intervention protocol, based on an efficacy trial, was successfully translated into a multistate service and further disseminated. This project paved that 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.

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