BOX 4-1

Some Smoking-Cessation Programs

  • BecomeAnEx, sponsored by the National Alliance for Tobacco Cessation (made up of the American Legacy Foundation and numerous other groups, government and nongovernment), is a three-step plan. It allows for personalizing a plan to relearn life without cigarettes. (http://www.becomeanex.org/#learn_overview)

  • SmokeFree.gov provides an online step-by-step cessation guide with access to local and state telephone quitlines, the NCI national telephone quitline, NCI’s instant-messaging service, and various publications, which may be downloaded, printed, or ordered. The Web site was created by the Tobacco Control Research Branch of NCI. (http://www.smokefree.gov)

  • Freedom From Smoking® Online, sponsored by the American Lung Association, is a free online smoking-cessation program that contains seven modules and has a telephone helpline. (http://www.ffsonline.org/)

  • QuitNet, the self-proclaimed largest online quit program, is owned by Healthways Inc. It is free but has a commercial component. It includes stop-smoking resources, quitting tips and advice from expert counselors, quit support from the QuitNet community, and the ability to create an individualized quit-smoking plan. (http://www.quitnet.com/qnhomepage.aspx)

  • Free and Clear’s Quit For Life® Program is the nation’s leading tobacco-cessation program and uses an evidence-based combination of physical, psychologic, and behavioral strategies to enable participants to take responsibility for, and overcome their addiction to, tobacco use. Free and Clear’s integrated mix of medication support, telephone-based cognitive behavioral coaching, and Web-based learning and support tools produces an average quit rate of 43%, making the Quit For Life Program at least 8 times as effective as quitting “cold turkey.” (http://www.freeclear.com/)

  • Quit Smart® is a commercial service that sells stop-smoking kits to smokers and offers fee-based classes and individual instruction in person or over the telephone. Quit Smart claims that its services have produced quit rates of 66%. The program and kit include a cigarette substitute, hypnosis, and medication recommendations. (http://www.quitsmart.com/)

  • Other Web sites sponsored by commercial entities, including tobacco companies, provide some information on smoking cessation.



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