Is the quit line really free?
Yes, Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line is free to Alaskans and offers access to free telephone 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 combination nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), including patches and gum, to all Alaskans who call and enroll in the program. You are eligible to receive two weeks of patches and two weeks of gum with one enrollment every six months (or two times per year) if you enroll in the multiple-call program. This service 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 helps people successfully quit all forms of tobacco, including smokeless products such as chewing tobacco and iqmik.
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 the quit line and speak to a quit coach between scheduled calls. Studies show the more calls you complete 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, two weeks of combination NRT (patches and gum) is mailed directly to you. Because the mail system in Alaska can be delayed, it may take you weeks to receive your shipment of NRT. 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 call 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.