Racial/Ethnic Variations in Quitline Reach Among United States Smokers

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  November 17, 2016 at 3:18 PM Alcohol & Drug Abuse News
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Quitline is a telephone helpline offering free cessation services for addiction and behavior change/issues. Quitlines that provide free cessation services for smokers, appear to be reaching minority populations that typically underutilize cessation treatments and have high smoking prevalence, particularly African Americans and American Indians/Alaska Natives.
 Racial/Ethnic Variations in Quitline Reach Among United States Smokers
Racial/Ethnic Variations in Quitline Reach Among United States Smokers

This study, publishing today in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, is the first to use multi-state data to compare the reach of quitlines for different racial/ethnic groups.

Researchers used a database of over 1.2 million quitline callers across 45 states to determine reach of the service. By comparing the number of quitline callers to the number of tobacco users in a particular minority group, the study shows that quitline reach was highest for American Indians/Alaskan Natives in 27 states, for African Americans in 14 states, and for non-Hispanic whites in four states.

However, the actual percentage of these quitline callers of overall tobacco users is relatively low. 0.27% to 9.98% of American Indian/Alaskan Native tobacco users have called a quitline, compared to 0.17% to 3.85% of African American tobacco users, 0.08% to 3.42% of non-Hispanic white tobacco users, and 0.08% to 3.18% of Hispanic tobacco users.

The findings support the conclusion that although overall reach remains low across racial/ethnic populations, quitlines have the potential to reach a broad range of racial/ethnic minority populations that experience disproportionate rates of smoking and its associated diseases.

"Ongoing monitoring of the use of state quitlines can help and guide outreach to all race/ethnic groups with the goal of increasing the overall proportion and number of tobacco users that use quitlines," says lead author Latisha L. Marshall. "These efforts should be complemented by comprehensive tobacco control initiatives that increase cessation, including mass media campaigns, smoke-free policies, increased tobacco prices, expansion of health insurance coverage, and health systems change."

Source: Eurekalert

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