Why have millions of people quit using tobacco? Because they know it’s one of the best things they can do to have a healthier life. Tobacco is the number one preventable cause of death around the world. It’s tough to quit tobacco. A minority of smokers achieve abstinence in an initial quit attempt. More than 70 percent of the 50 million US smokers want to quit, but only 2.5% per year succeed in quitting smoking permanently.
Tobacco dependence is a chronic disease where quitters face periods of relapse and remission. Adult cigarette use is 24% in Georgia and the Quit Line wants to help them quit. The support is there to make it happen!
What Is The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line?
The Tobacco Quit Line provides free counseling, a resource library, support and referral services for tobacco users. It is available for all Georgia residents age 18 or older and concerned parents of adolescents using tobacco. The Tobacco Quit Line is funded by the master tobacco settlement through the state’s Tobacco Use Prevention Section in partnership with the Georgia Cancer Coalition. It has no commercial bias and no products to promote. As a caller, you will receive free, professional support that’s tailored to your needs.
How Does The Quit Line Work?
A counselor conducts an initial interview with a caller to determine tobacco usage and willingness to quit. An assessment is made based on the caller’s needs and multiple options are presented. Callers will receive a customized quit plan, including up to five additional counseling phone calls. Up-to-date information about physician-recommended pharmacological support, such as nicotine gum, nicotine patches, and other items are available. A Tobacco Quit Kit, including materials tailored to the caller’s readiness to quit will be provided.
Why A Tobacco Quit Line?
Studies show that telephone-based cessation programs like the Quit Line produce higher quit rates. Quit Line interventions are evidence based, cost effective, with uniform quality standards.
Quit Lines are easily accessible to both urban and rural populations. Telephone services are acceptable and accessible to both men and women and no appointment is needed. They offer anonymity and confidentiality.
More than 10,000 people die in Georgia every year from tobacco-related illnesses—that’s more than all the deaths from alcohol, cocaine, heroin, AIDS, murder, suicide, auto accidents and fires combined. In spite of these chilling statistics, 24 percent of Georgia adults smoke. An estimated 30,000 Georgia children begin smoking every year and another 10,000 begin to use spit tobacco. The Tobacco Quit Line is a resource to help Georgians quit using tobacco.
Stop smoking. Start dialing. 1-877-270-STOP
The hours of operation for the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line are:
|Monday-Thursday||8 a.m. – 11 p.m.|
|Friday||8 a.m. – 10 p.m.|
|Saturday||9 a.m. – 8 p.m.|