Quarter of S.D. tobacco Quit Line users succeed

Quarter of S.D. tobacco Quit Line users succeed Tobacco-cessation telephone counseling has helped South Dakota Quit Line users reach a 26% rate of success. A quit attempt is considered successful once 12 months have passed without tobacco use. In comparison, only about 5% of people who quit on their own are still abstinent a year later. Over 18,000 South Dakotans have called the state tobacco quit line since its launch in January 2002.

"Twenty-six percent is a phenomenal success rate. It's gratifying to know that so many tobacco users who wanted to quit were able to find the help they needed at the Quit Line and that they've succeeded in their attempt," said Doneen Holling-sworth, Secretary of Health.

Tobacco users who call

1-866-SD-QUITS (1-866-737-8487) receive over-the-phone counseling from trained professionals as well as discounted cessation products. Counselors schedule regular follow-up calls over several weeks to offer support during the individual's quit attempt.

The Quit Line is a partnership with the American Cancer Society, which operates similar counseling lines in other states. South Dakota was the first state to provide a program that combined quit-smoking medication and telephone counseling services statewide.

Twenty-two percent of adult South Dakotans are smokers, and tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Secondhand smoke results in serious illness for nonsmokers, including an increased risk of respiratory infections and asthma in children.

For more information about the South Dakota Quit Line, call the department's Tobacco Control Program at 1-800-738-2301.

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