Telephone Quitlines: Do They Help Smokers To Quit?
When you call, you may have to select from a range of options, and wait a little while as the options are read to you. In most services you should get through to a live counselor fairly quickly. Once the counselor has established that you are seeking help to quit smoking, they may initiate an assessment in order to help them provide the best advice. This may involve answering some simple questions about how much you smoke, previous quit attempts etc. The counselor may then try to help you select a “quit day” and to start preparing for it. They may arrange to call you back at an agreed time around your quit date, and at other times shortly after you have quit. The counselor will be knowledgeable about quit smoking methods and able to answer any questions you may have. Most smokers find these quitlines to be helpful, and research has demonstrated that they can increase your chances of quitting. As most quitlines are free, there’s nothing to lose by giving them a try. If you do, let me know how you get on and what you thought of the service.
The national number is: 1-800 QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669).
Best of luck.