Last Updated: November 2022
Author: Tobacco Control Program, Vermont Department of Health
All states run a Quitline with support from the CDC and in Vermont, with state funding. Quitlines are shown to be effective at helping people to quit and in Vermont, the Quitline is available 24/7, offers multiple sessions of counseling and free access to nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) shipped to participants' homes. When counseling and NRT are used together it more than doubles the chances of quit success.
The curve represents the number of callers who register for the Quitline. Tracking the number of Vermont smokers who register for the Quitline is important for assessing the utilization of the Vermont Tobacco Control Program's (VTCP) cessation programs and services. It is necessary to monitor how well the media and promotion efforts the program implements are driving smokers to use the Quitline.
- The Tobacco Control Program’s Annual Report FY20 highlights the outcomes of our cessation work:
- 802Quits is an evidence-based statewide program that offers 24/7 cessation support through the Quitline, Quit Online and Quit Partners (Quit in Person) programs, serving 4,747 in FY20.
- In 2020, 94% of quitline registrants had made at least one quit attempt in the past.
- Four in five Vermonters of color made a quit attempt.
- The program has made promoting cessation among priority populations a goal, including pregnant, low income, those with mental health disorders and LGBTQ. In FY20:
- There was nearly a 13% increase in LGBTQ registrants from 2019.
- More than a third of quitline registrants are Medicaid insured.
Campaign promotions especially using ads broadcast on television are instrumental to driving people to a Quitline. Every year the program airs a minimum of three campaigns designed to reach vulnerable Vermonters who are impacted by tobacco use. These include those with lower incomes and education. Ads include CDC’s Quit Tips campaign television ads, Vermont Quit Partner ads, and digital media. During periods when mass reach cessation campaigns are not occurring, digital media help reduce the dips in Quitline registrants.
Smoking cessation and prevention of initiation of smoking can help reduce the risk of onset of many chronic diseases including Type II diabetes. Smoking cessation can also help reduce complications from diabetes and improve self-management.
In FY20, financial incentives were added to the suite of quitline services for specific populations, to increase engagement and utilzation of the quitline by Vermonters.