The California Smokers’ Helpline is actively engaged in special projects that are expanding our reach, making it easier for smokers to quit, and producing important research findings. Here are just a few of these projects:
The Helpline has served Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese speaking callers since 1992, and research has shown that these services are well-utilized and effective. In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded an expansion of the Helpline’s Asian lines. Since then the Asian Smokers’ Quitline (ASQ) has been available nationwide. Asian language callers receive one-on-one guidance, self-help materials, and free nicotine patches sent directly to their home. ASQ is promoted throughout the U.S., and local public health programs are encouraged to help get the word out to their Asian community members. Read more about ASQ here.
With funding from the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) of California, this 3-year Implementation Research project is a collaboration across Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LA DHS), the nation’s second largest public health system, UC Davis, and the California Smokers’ Helpline. Through a TRDRP 2-year Planning Award, the California Smokers’ Helpline was incorporated as a specialist into the LA DHS eConsult system, a web-based portal for provider communication between primary care providers and a specialist. The LA DHS eConsult referral to the Helpline went live in 2016, and is available to 19 LA DHS clinic sites and over 200 Community Clinic Partner sites. The project will seek to improve patient contact rates, address workflow barriers, and integrate pharmacy services. The long-term goal is to demonstrate a sustainable and scalable model that leverages communication channels for a more integrated, population-based tobacco cessation treatment service. For more information, please contact Camille Cipri at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CA Quits project is a 5-year statewide project (2018-2023) funded by the California Tobacco Control Program, California Department of Public Health to advance tobacco cessation treatment in safety net health care delivery systems. The project also focuses on working with Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans, and Local County Tobacco Control Programs to implement and integrate tobacco treatment programming and shared resources. Project goals will be achieved by engaging in collaborative efforts and building capacity within the three health care sectors. The CA Quits project team provides target sector participants with technical assistance and training, communication updates, and material resources (digital and print). CA Quits will work with partners through “learning collaboratives” which are guided virtual sessions with sector participants to share, adapt, and implement best practices. A key strategy is for health systems to Ask, Advise, and Connect patients to free evidence-based services with the California Smokers Helpline. For more information about CA Quits, please visit https://caquits.com
CEASE California is an innovative program that trains pediatric providers to help the parents of their patients quit smoking. In so doing, they improve children’s health by reducing their exposure to secondhand smoke. CEASE stands for Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure and was developed by Dr. Jonathan Winickoff at Massachusetts General Hospital. With support from First 5 California and the American Academy of Pediatrics, CEASE California is actively recruiting pediatric practices and training them on how to implement this program in their practices. Providers may directly refer the smoking parents of their pediatric patients to the Helpline. Parents of kids aged 0-5 can receive free nicotine patches sent directly to their home. Read about CEASE California here.
Need help to improve tobacco cessation in your area? The Center for Tobacco Cessation (CTC) is the training and technical assistance arm of the California Smokers’ Helpline. CTC helps organizations throughout California to increase their capacity in tobacco cessation.
The Center can help answer questions such as how to structure a comprehensive, evidence based tobacco cessation benefit in insurance plans, or how to support cessation in the behavioral health population. CTC offers free in-depth trainings for cessation facilitators and free webinars on topics ranging from the basics of tobacco cessation, to pharmacotherapy, to treatment considerations for special populations, and more. The CTC is not funded, however, to provide onsite group cessation programs. Read more about this project here.
With funding from First 5 California, the California Smokers' Helpline provides free nicotine patches to qualified callers who are pregnant or have children age 5 or under. Helpline staff screen callers who request nicotine patches for contraindications, including pregnancy. For callers with contraindications, physician approval is required. To order free materials promoting this service, please click here.
Besides co-funding the Helpline, First 5 California also invests in high quality preschool programs that enhance the quality of care and education that children receive. Developed by the Helpline with First 5 California funding, the Kids and Smoke Don’t Mix training is designed to give child care providers and preschool teachers tools they need to keep children safe from secondhand smoke exposure, including how to address parental smoking and how to refer to the Helpline. The training is free to all, and is accessible in English and Spanish.