Resources to Help You Quit Smoking
Quit With Us, LA
Visit www.quitwithusla.org, to gain access to a variety of resources available throughout Louisiana. The website is full of practical quit smoking resources, tips and research-based advice to help smokers and tobacco users to quit and stay quit. The information on the site includes but is not limited to: tips from former smokers, reasons to quit, health benefits of quitting and access to support groups in the area.
Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to speak with quit coach 24/7. The quitline is available to Louisiana residents whom are 13 years of age or older. The current services offered by the quitline include counseling, a variety of FDA-approved cessation medications, online support and tools, and other services such as callbacks. When a participant calls the quitline they will receive a free quit coach whom will provide either single or multi-session counseling to tobacco users who are ready to quit. The quit coach will work in identifying tobacco use triggers and help in setting a quit date. All quitline services are available in both English and Spanish, and interpretive services are available for other languages as well. Specialized programs have been developed to better serve priority populations such as pregnant woman.
The Smoking Cessation Trust
The Smoking Cessation Trust (SCT) was developed due to a 14 year old class action lawsuit entitled Scott v. American Tobacco Company. The judgment ordered certain tobacco companies to fund a statewide 10-year smoking cessation program to benefit more than 200,000 Louisiana smokers who are members of the plaintiff class also known as (the "Scott Class"). The Trust will benefit Louisiana residents who began smoking before September 1, 1988.
Eligible Trust Members will receive at no cost to them, any of the following cessation services: cessation medications, individual/ group cessation counseling, telephone quitline support and/or intensive support services. Louisiana residents can access the Trust via their website at www.smokingcessationtrust.org.
Tobacco Control Initiative
The Tobacco Control Initiative (TCI) is a multi-disciplinary program specializing in helping tobacco users quit. TCI offers free or low-cost, evidenced tobacco treatment services to all Louisiana public hospital patients, employees and the communities they serve.
Services offered to tobacco users include: behavioral counseling (individual and group), quit-line support, pharmacotherapy, and self-help material.