Tobacco Use: Quitline Interventions

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Systematic Review

Source: The Guide to Community Preventive Services

Last Reviewed: August 2012

Workgroups: Tobacco Use Workgroup

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends quitline interventions —  especially proactive quitlines (which offer follow-up counseling calls) — to increase tobacco cessation in people interested in quitting. Quitlines provide evidence-based behavioral counseling and support over the phone to help people quit using tobacco. CPSTF found that 3 types of interventions increased the use of quitlines:

  • Mass-reach health communication interventions that combine messages about quitting with a quitline number
  • Giving free tobacco cessation medicines to quitline callers
  • Quitline referrals from health care systems and providers 
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Guide to Community Preventive Services. (2012). Tobacco Use: Quitline Interventions. Retrieved from