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Telephone based quitting resources increase quitting success rates.

Most quitlines provide access to counselling, and callers to quitlines who receive call-back counselling appear to benefit from more frequent contact. Pooled data suggests a significant benefit from additional proactive telephone calls for callers to quitlines and of proactive telephone counselling for smokers not calling quitlines. Quitlines also can provide or refer smokers to other treatments that are effective (e.g. nicotine replacement therapy).

Stead LF, Hartmann-Boyce J, Perera R, Lancaster T. Telephone counselling for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 8. Art. No.: CD002850. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD002850.pub3.

Fiore MC, Jaén CR, Baker TB, et al. Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. Clinical Practice Guideline. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Public Health Service. May 2008.

An LC, Zhu SH, Nelson DB, Arikian NJ, Nugent S, Partin MR, Joseph AM. Benefits of telephone care over primary care for smoking cessation: a randomized trial. Arch Intern Med. 2006; 166: 536-542. logo
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