Quit Tobacco Use
Eighty percent of tobacco users say they would like to quit, but only 2 percent of smokers quit successfully on their own each year. The Washington State Department of Health operates a toll-free telephone quit line (1-877-270-STOP) to help tobacco users break their addiction. Research shows that calling the Tobacco Quit Line improves the success of quitters by almost 20 percent.
Trained professionals take each call, determine how ready to quit each caller is, and then connect the caller with a cessation specialist. Callers receive:
- Individualized counseling from specialists skilled in working with all forms of tobacco addiction.
- Development of a customized quit plan over the phone, including skill building and problem solving advice.
- Relapse prevention techniques.
- Pharmacological support information.
- Referrals to available community cessation support resources.
- A mailed Tobacco Quit Kit including materials tailored to the caller's needs, readiness to quit, and education level.
- Specialized services for pregnant women and those who chew tobacco.
- Intensive follow-up calls and nicotine replacement therapy, usually patches or gum, for some uninsured or Medicaid callers.
Contacting the Quit Line
Toll free: 1.877.270.STOP (877.270.7867)
Spanish: 1.877.2NO-FUME (877.266.3863)
TTY Line: 877.777.6534
Quit line hours: Monday - Thursday, 5:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Friday, 5:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., weekends, 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.