The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

4005.0: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - Board 5

Abstract #43680

Evaluation of the American Cancer Society's Smokers' Quitline

Vance Rabius, MA1, Alfred L. McAlister, PhD2, Michael Telch, PhD3, Angela Geiger, MBA4, Kimberly G. Hollister, BA5, Joanne Pike, MA5, and Ronald Todd4. (1) School of Public Health, American Cancer Society & University of Texas, 1825B Kramer Lane, Suite 2000, Austin, TX 78758, 512-651-4691,, (2) Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research, University of Texas-Houston School of Public Health, 7000 Fannin, Suite 2530, Houston, TX 77030, (3) Department of Psychology, University of Texas - Austin, Mezes 330/B3800, Austin, TX 78712, (4) National Home Office, American Cancer Society, 1599 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30329, (5) National Cancer Information Center, American Cancer Society, 1825B Kramer Lane, Suite 200, Austin, TX 78758

From June 2000 through May 2001, over five thousand six hundred callers sought assistance in smoking cessation from the American Cancer Society's new telephone service. All current smokers, 18 and older, who were willing to make a serious quit attempt and agreed to participate were randomized to receive either self-help materials through the mail or self-help materials and up to five sessions of telephone counseling. Analyses of the three-month and six-month follow-up data indicate the program significantly increases smokers' odds of achieving sustained cessation. This report will present the one-year follow-up findings from over 3500 cases enrolled in this study. Findings to be presented will include self-reported rates of maintained cessation, bio-medical validation, medication use, interactions between treatment and medication use, age and ethnicity effects, level of participation, and satisfaction with the service.

Learning Objectives:

    1. Attendees and participants to this session will be exposed to the components of telephone cessation counseling, appropriate methods of evaluation, and informed of the effects of telephone counseling on smoking cessation.
    2. Learning objectives
        At the conclusion of the session the learner will be able to
  • Keywords: Smoking Cessation, Tobacco Control

    Presenting author's disclosure statement:
    I have a significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.
    Relationship: I am employed by the American Cancer Society as the evaluation manager for the Smokers' Quitline.

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