Tobacco Cessation

Smoking and COVID-19

Being a current or former cigarette smoker increases your risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

  Cessation Efforts for Health Systems

Systems support and cessation intervention training for healthcare providers increases quit attempts among tobacco users.

Health Systems Change
U.S. Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline:  Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence (2008 Update) research shows that clinician interventions that integrate tobacco cessation into healthcare delivery improve chronic disease outcomes, improve effectiveness of cancer treatment, and increase successful quit attempts among patients. 

Effective strategies for health systems change include:

  • Developing processes to ensure that tobacco dependence treatment, and its documentation, is fully integrated into patient care and sustained over time
  • Developing quality improvement processes for integrating tobacco dependence treatment best practices into routine care
  • Utilizing electronic health records (EHR) systems

The Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control helps build the capacity of South Carolina healthcare systems to impact tobacco use by supporting the integration of science-based tobacco intervention protocol for healthcare providers and the adoption of e-referral for the SC Tobacco Quitline (800-QUIT-NOW).  Access health care provider tobacco intervention training here or visit the Healthcare Provider section of the SC Tobacco Quitline website.  This work supports clinician and health systems efforts to address tobacco use consistently and effectively.

  Cessation Support for Tobacco Users

Tobacco users are 3 times more likely to quit successfully using SC Tobacco Quitline (800-QUIT-NOW) services than by quitting on their own.

Quit Now's free! Tobacco is expensive. Quitting doesn't have to be. 1-800-QUIT-NOW

The SC Tobacco Quitline (800-QUIT-NOW) offers free, 24/7 quit support to all SC tobacco users.  Nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges are available.  Para obtener asistencia gratuita en español, llame 855-DÈJELO-YA o visite nuestro nuevo sitio web (traducción al español).    


Services provided can assist:

  • Healthcare providers working with patients who use tobacco products
  • Pregnant tobacco users
  • Uninsured tobacco users
  • Native American tobacco users (855-7AI-QUIT)
  • Spanish speaking tobacco users (855-DÈJELO-YA) - additional languages and TTY also available
  • SC Healthy Connections tobacco users
  • Tobacco users in any stage of readiness to quit
  • Former smokers in need of relapse prevention support
  • Friends and family looking to provide support to a tobacco user

Quit coaches are skilled in working with people who use all forms of tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco, pipes, cigars and ENDS products like e-cigarettes and vapes.  All coaches are certified and trained in culturally competent interview techniques and social cognitive theory.  Studies of quitlines, like the SC Tobacco Quitline, show effectiveness across many populations of people including racial/ethnic minorities, people with limited English proficiency, low-income, LGBTQ, people with chronic diseases, people with mental health and substance use concerns, pregnant women, and Medicaid customers.  

¿Qué es una línea de ayuda para dejar de fumar?

Es un servicio para dejar de fumar tabaco disponible a través de un teléfono gratuito. Estas líneas son atendidas por asesores capacitados específicamente para ayudar a las personas a dejar de fumar. Ofrecen información, asesoramiento, apoyo y referencias a los usuarios de tabaco, independientemente de su ubicación, raza, etnicidad o nivel económico. Funcionan en todos los estados de EE.UU.

A través de este número gratuito se comunicará directamente con su línea estatal para dejar de fumar. Todos los estados tienen estas líneas con instructores capacitados que le brindarán información y le ayudarán a dejar de fumar. Los servicios específicos y las horas de funcionamiento varían de un estado a otro.  Para recibir ayuda de la línea estatal para dejar de fumar: 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569).


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