North Carolina Department of Health launches tobacco and vaping cessation hotline

NCDHHS (North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services) just launched QuitlineNC Services, a website for vapers and tobacco users to help them quit smoking.

The service offers “quit smoking coaching” via live chat or text, group video, and the ability to create personalized dashboards to track individual progress. “Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in North Carolina and nationwide,” said Susan Kansagra, MD, director of the NCDHHS Division of Public Health. “We are providing this resource to support the health and well-being of North Carolinians, including young people who want to quit smoking.”

A news release on the NCDHHS page explains that QuitlineNC is a free, effective and confidential service that “provides easy access to professionally trained smoking cessation coaches for anyone who needs it, as well as free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patch with gum or lozenges). Services are available in English and Spanish and can be translated into more than 200 languages.”

Back in 2020, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) was awarded a $3.35 million grant to develop effective messaging technology to deter youth from vaping.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has selected Professor Seth Noar of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to lead the five-year national study, according to an article in the Triangle Business Journal.

Noar emphasized that the aim is to identify the most promising messaging technologies targeting teens with the aim of deterring them from vaping. Any selected messages will then be evaluated in randomized trials to see if they actually reduce e-cigarette use.

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