Is the quit line really free?
Yes, Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line is free to Alaskans and offers access to free telephone, web and text based support to quit tobacco. You can call the quit line as often as you like and are eligible to receive four pro-active support calls from a quit coach. Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line offers free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to all Alaskans who call and enroll in the program. NRT is available even if you are uninsured or without coverage from your health plan.
Does the quit line help with all forms of tobacco use?
Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line is here to help all of those who are addicted to tobacco products in any form, including smokeless products such as chewing tobacco and iqmik, as well as e-cigarettes, e-hookahs, vape pens, or any other electronic nicotine delivery system.
I’ve heard e-cigs are better than cigarettes and less harmful. What’s in the cloud of smoke?
Because they are not FDA regulated, they don’t have to tell you what the ingredients are or what is exhaled. The number of studies to determine what is in the “vapor” and the health effects of e-cig use and exposure is growing. Studies have found that the aerosol or “cloud” contains at least 9 chemicals that are known carcinogens and toxins, including nicotine, formaldehyde, lead and acetone. You can find more information at:
- US Food and Drug Administration
- American’s for Nonsmokers’ Rights
- American Cancer Society
- Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California San Francisco
Download the following pdfs for more information:
- Electronic Cigarettes and Tobacco-Free Policies – One Sheet
- Multi-Unit Housing& Secondhand Smoke – One Sheet
- Secondhand Smoke – One Sheet
- Alaska DHSS Division of Public Health Position on Electronic Cigarette and Aerosol Emissions
Are e-cigarettes safer than traditional cigarettes?
Study: E-cig vapor affects cells similarly to tobacco smoke Electronic cigarettes have experienced a sizable uptick in popularity over the past few years, partially due to the fact that they’re sometimes touted as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, but a newly-published study suggests that this might not be the case. The study, recently published in Nature and presented at the American Association of Cancer Research’s annual meting, found that bronchial cells grown in a medium exposed to e-cig vapor showed “strikingly similar” gene mutations to those grown in a medium exposed to tobacco smoke. Further research is needed to draw clear-cut conclusions, but these similarities may be an indicator that e-cig vapor could potentially increase a user’s risk of cancer, despite the fact that e-liquid is completely tobacco free and doesn’t require combustion to be consumed.
Source: Stacy J. Park, Tonya C. Walser, Catalina Perdomo, Teresa Wang, Paul C. Pagano, Elvira L. Liclican, Kostyantyn Krysan, Jill E. Larsen, John D. Minna, Marc E. Lenburg, Avrum Spira, Steven M. Dubinett. The effect of e-cigarette exposure on airway epithelial cell gene expression and transformation. [abstract]. In: Proceedings of the AACR-IASLC Joint Conference on Molecular Origins of Lung Cancer; 2014 Jan 6-9; San Diego, CA. Philadelphia (PA): AACR; Clin Cancer Res 2014;20(2Suppl):Abstract nr B16.
Clinical Cancer Research Journal: http://clincancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/20/2_Supplement/B16.abstract
What if I miss my phone call?
If you miss a call from a quit coach, the quit coach will leave a message and attempt another call in 24 hours. You can always call or text the quit line and work with a quit coach between scheduled calls. Studies show the more interactions you have with a quit coach the more likely you will be successful in quitting tobacco.
Do I have to attend any classes?
No, all sessions are individual and take place over the telephone. You can talk to a quit coach any day of the week—even Saturday or Sunday.
How does the quit line get NRT to me?
Once you enroll in the multiple-call program, NRT is mailed directly to you. You can call the quit line up to 30 days before you are ready to quit and enroll in the program to ensure you have NRT to use on your quit date.
How long does the quit line program last?
A typical quit line intervention schedule will be completed within two to six months, depending on how you move through the quitting process. However, quit coaches are available to help you establish your new tobacco-free lifestyle and provide you with ongoing support for up to 12 months after you enroll.
What if I start using tobacco again?
For most people, quitting takes practice. Quit coaches will not judge you if you slip; they are there to support and help you try to quit again. Each time you try to quit tobacco, you will learn more about what it takes to quit, so you can use that knowledge in the journey to become tobacco-free. You can re-enroll with Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line at any time.
Can I call the quit line if I am under 18?
Yes, you may call Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line if you are under 18 years of age. A quit coach will mail out a quit kit to you with information about quitting tobacco. The FDA has not approved NRT for persons under 18 so you will need to talk to your healthcare professional to find out what is right for you.