For Immediate Release
Katie Patterson-Ingels, 785-368-8053
The Kansas Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) recently added an online component, Web Coach, to the phone-based tobacco cessation counseling services. The toll-free Quitline provides counseling and support materials based on individuals’ readiness to quit. Web Coach is designed to complement and enhance the phone-based counseling sessions with interactive features, evidence-based content and social forums. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) provides this free service to all Kansans in collaboration with Free and Clear, a nationally certified telephone quitline provider.
“The Internet is a powerful tool for health information and social support for behavior change,” said John Mitchell, KDHE Secretary. “Now the Internet can be used to increase the likelihood of a successful tobacco use quit attempt.”
During the first phone session with the Quitline, a quit coach will discuss creating a personalized plan to quit, identify coping mechanisms for quitting, and encourage the participant to complete Web Coach exercises. During follow-up phone sessions, the quit coach and participant will review the work done on Web Coach and set future goals.
The information and tools on Web Coach support participants throughout the quitting process – from making the decision to quit to preventing relapse. Since each person has different support needs and learning styles, the site blends information with social interaction and self-management tools.
Participants can use Web Coach to:
Kansans can call the Quitline anytime day or night to start the process. Once enrolled in the free service, callers will work with one counselor who will set up sessions that fit the caller’s schedule. Studies have found that using a tobacco Quitline can more than double a person’s chances of successfully quitting tobacco.
The Kansas Tobacco Use Prevention Program manages the Kansas Tobacco Quitline 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-748-8669) and provides resources and technical assistance to community coalitions for development, enhancement and evaluation of state and local tobacco prevention and cessation initiatives. For additional information on the Tobacco Use Prevention Program visit www.kdheks.gov/tobacco.