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Quitlines can effectively promote cessation across a wide variety of populations.



The Washington state quitline compared its effectiveness across race/ethnicity, education level, urbanicity, and sex, and found the quit rate did not vary significantly across these subgroups. Satisfaction levels were high across all subpopulations.

Economically disadvantaged and ethnic minority smokers use and respond to quitline services at a level similar to the general population and benefit at least as much, if not greater than smokers in the general population.

Offering subsidized NRT products in addition to a standard quitline service to low-income smokers in Australia resulted in higher quit rates at 3 months and 6 months follow-ups, but a significant difference in quit rates was not found at 12 months follow-up when compared with those not being offered subsidized NRT. However, the offer of subsidized NRT recruited more than twice as many low-income smokers than the offer of the cessation service alone.



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Lichtenstein E. Quitlines. Tob Control. 2007; 16(Suppl 1): i1-i2.

Miller CL, Sedivy V
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McAfee T, Davis KC, Alexander RL Jr, Pechacek TF, Bunnell R. Effect of the first federally funded US antismoking national media campaign. Lancet. 2013: S0140-6736(13)61686-4.

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