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Ohio Quits programming announced


On Thursday, March 13, 2008, the Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation announced the new Ohio Quits tobacco cessation program. 


Ohio Quits offers tobacco users who call 1-800-QUIT NOW expanded options to help them quit including the following:


Three tobacco treatment options: 1) Quit Line telephonic coaching, 2) individual or group counseling at one of five hospital-based treatment centers and, beginning 7/1/08 counseling offered through Ohio Quits will include the OTPF community-based cessation programs, and 3) web-based interactive cessation tool (i.e., QuitLogix).

At least two weeks of free nicotine patches if they enroll in one of the program treatment options.

Treatment Options – How It Works

When someone calls 1-800-QUIT NOW an intake specialist will ask the caller a series of questions to gather demographic, tobacco use, and other pertinent data that will be used to match the caller with one of the treatment options. 


At the end of the call (which lasts between 15-20 minutes), the caller will be offered a “recommended” treatment option as well as the other options available to them.  The recommendation is based on such characteristics as number of cigarettes smoked, certain medical or behavioral health conditions, access to the Internet, and proximity to a treatment center or community grantee program.  Callers can elect to enroll in the recommended option or one of the other options.


Callers who elect the Quit Line will be immediately transferred to a Quit Line coach who will introduce the participant to the program and enroll them.  This initial counseling call could take an additional twenty minutes.


Callers who elect a treatment center or community grant option will be told their contact information is being forwarded to the program nearest to them and that they can expect a call from the program within 24-48 hours. 


The treatment center or community grant program will then contact them to schedule their first counseling session.  The counseling protocols at each program vary from four to six sessions, some offer individual, group or both, etc.


Callers who elect to enroll in QuitLogix will be emailed the web address and a link.  Once they go to the website they can enroll in the program and continue through it at their own pace.


Free Two Weeks of NRT

All callers to 1-800-QUIT NOW are eligible for at least two weeks of free nicotine patches.  The way they receive the patches or other pharmacotherapy varies by program.


Callers who elect to enroll in the Quit Line will be assessed by the coaches for certain medical conditions and will be asked at this time who is their employer or health plan.  If they are covered under our NRT Partner program they will be mailed two 4-week shipments of patches the same way the Quit Line currently does. 


Those who have health insurance but their health plan is not an NRT Partner will be mailed two weeks directly to their home.  They will also be given a website address they can use to order an additional six weeks supply at a substantial discount from retail prices. 


Those who have no insurance will be mailed two weeks directly to their home along with a 3-part coupon redeemable at CVS and Rite Aid pharmacies.  Each part of the coupon entitles them to an additional two weeks supply for a $10 co-pay. They can redeem one or all three parts of the coupon at the same time.


Callers who elect to enroll in a treatment center or community grantee program will be assessed for medical conditions by the treatment center or grantee counselors and may be offered a variety of pharmacotherapy options including NRT and FDA-approved prescription medications (including Chantix). All pharmacotherapy will be provided free of charge to treatment center participants.


Callers who elect to enroll in QuitLogix will be able to request nicotine patches online.  After they have submitted their request a Quit Line coach will call them to process their order.  At that time they will determine whether the participant is eligible for the free two weeks supply or for up to eight weeks if they are covered by an NRT Partner.  Depending on this determination the process for receiving their patches is the same as described above for Quit Line participants.


Other Ohio Quits Specifics: FAX REFERRALS - Ohio Quits will continue to accept fax referrals from health care providers, community programs, etc.  A new fax referral form can be downloaded at www.ohioquits.com.  Note that the new form has a new fax number that should be used for all future fax referrals.  It should also be noted that the Ohio Quits system will no longer send an acknowledgment fax to the sender.

TEEN CALLERS – Ohio Quits currently can only provide self-help materials for callers under the age of 18 years.  Teen callers will be mailed materials designed for them.  We are working to allow underage callers to receive treatment recommendations with parental consent and will announce this when it is available.

COMMUNITY GRANT CESSATION PROGRAMS – Community grantees that provide cessation services will be added to the Ohio Quits referral system beginning July 1, 2008.  This will greatly expand the treatment options available to Ohio Quits callers. 






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