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 project was launched in collaboration with UC Davis, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LA DHS), the California Smokers’ Helpline, and Safety Net Connect (SNC) to increase access to cost effective, evidence based tobacco treatment to under-served patient populations served by LA DHS hospitals, community health centers, and clinics. Utilizing the LA DHS eConsult specialty web-based referral system, providers can electronically refer smokers to the California Smoker's Helpline. The LA DHS eConsult portal was developed in 2014 and is used by over 5,000 providers within LA DHS.
The goal of this project is to create and foster long-term sustainable partnerships to provide tobacco cessation services that are generalizable across clinics throughout California. The project’s External Advisory Board includes members from LA Care, Health Net, and the Los Angeles Tobacco Control Coalition. The project also aligns with PRIME (Public Hospital Re-Design and Incentives in Medi-Cal). This grant began July 1, 2016, and will continue through June 30, 2018. For more information, please contact Cindy Vela at Cynthia.Vela@dhcs.ca.gov.
CA Quits is a tobacco cessation learning collaborative for hospitals participating in the California Department of Health Care Services’ Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in the Medi‐Cal (PRIME) program. Of the 18 Designated Public Hospitals and 20 District and Municipal Hospitals currently reporting on the outpatient tobacco counseling quality metric, this project will work towards having these hospitals implement evidence-based tobacco cessation treatment and referral to the California Smokers’ Helpline. The project is funded by the California Tobacco Control Program and conducted in partnership with UC Davis, the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center at UC San Francisco, California Smokers’ Helpline, and the California Department of Health Care Services. For more information please contact Cindy Vela at Cynthia.Vela@dhcs.ca.gov.
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.