Louisiana Tobacco Quitline
The Louisiana Tobacco Quitline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW, is a 24 hour a day, confidential, free tobacco cessation helpline that links people who want to quit using tobacco with trained tobacco cessation specialists who create an individualized plan to quit. This free service is available in English, Spanish, and 150 other languages to people calling from anywhere in Louisiana. TYY and TDD accommodations for hearing impaired and deaf individuals are also available at 1-866-228-4327.
Tobacco users who call the Louisiana Tobacco Quitline can receive:
1. One free, proactive counseling session with a tobacco cessation specialist. Proactive counseling sessions are when the tobacco cessation specialist calls the tobacco user at set appointment times to counsel them through the quitting process and potential relapse phase. Some callers may qualify for the five-call (Louisiana state employees, Medicaid recipients, uninsured individuals) or ten-call program (pregnant women). Callers will be advised at registration.
2. Free self-help guides and tools. These materials help tobacco users cope with withdrawal and craving symptoms between the phone sessions.
3. Support materials and information on programs in their area. If callers prefer a face-to-face group setting, they can receive local information on the American Lung Association’s “Freedom from Smoking Clinics” and Louisiana State University Health Care Services Division’s Tobacco Control Initiative support model.
4. Materials for special populations, including adolescents ages 13-17, pregnant women, visually impaired (large print materials), and smokeless tobacco users.
When your patient makes the initial call to the Louisiana Tobacco Quitline, he or she will reach an intake counselor. The intake process takes approximately 15 minutes, and your patient should expect to provide contact and demographic information. The intake counselor will determine the readiness of your patient to quit tobacco and offer them the option of telephone counseling. Your patient will select a date and time with the Quitline for a 10-12 minute counseling session.
Quitline services are free of charge to all callers in Louisiana, ages 13 and older. The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Tobacco Control Program administer the Louisiana Tobacco Quitline.