Tobacco Cessation

Smoking and COVID-19

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

Healthcare provider reminder systems and training on tobacco cessation intervention increase quit attempts among tobacco users.

Health Systems Change
According to the U.S. Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, systems changes can improve the operation of healthcare systems, leading to better clinician interventions that integrate tobacco cessation into healthcare delivery using various strategies.  Effective strategies include:

  • Developing processes to ensure that tobacco dependence treatment, and its documentation, is fully integrated into care and sustained over time
  • Implementing quality improvement processes to enable integration of tobacco dependence treatment best practices into routine care
  • Demonstrating meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR) systems

DTPC works with statewide partners to help 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 S.C. Tobacco Quitline.  Efforts like these allow organizations to implement solutions that support clinicians and health systems to address tobacco use consistently and effectively.

Tobacco users are 3 times more likely to quit successfully using Quitline 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 S.C. Tobacco Quitline is a free telephone-based cessation service that is available 24/7 to all tobacco users.  Nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges are available to eligible South Carolinians enrolling in Quitline services.  

Tobacco Users – Enroll  for services by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW or register online at

Services provided can assist:

  • Pregnant tobacco users
  • Youth 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

Are you a tobacco user with questions about the S.C. Tobacco Quitline?  Click here for more information!

Healthcare Providers – Refer patients to the S.C. Tobacco Quitline.  Patients receive:

  • An assessment of readiness to quit
  • A customized quit plan
  • Motivation and problem-solving advice
  • Up-to-date information about nicotine replacement therapy
  • A Quit Kit, including materials in English or Spanish, tailored for your patient's needs
  • Referral to cessation services offered by local resources or by health plans

Are you a healthcare provider with questions about the S.C. Tobacco Quitline?  Click here for more information!

Quitline staff 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.  Services are available in many languages, as well as TDD for hearing impaired.

Para recibir ayuda de la línea estatal para dejar de fumar: 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569)

1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569)

¿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.


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