Carol. Smoked for 30 Years. Quit Smoking in 2012.

Posted by Kristin Harms

Mar 31, 2015 3:38:05 PM


"I was ready to quit, I mean really ready. However, I could not afford to quit smoking, and could not afford the patches. The California Smokers' Helpline was able to provide patches to me at no cost--what a blessing. I smoked my last cigarette, put the patch on, and didn't look back. The first few days were the hardest but I stuck it out. My health is much more important to me at this time of my life.

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I feel great now--what an accomplishment! Lillian at the California Smokers' Helpline gave me the support I needed. I hope that I am able to inspire others to quit smoking. Being nicotine-free is a fantastic feeling; one word--FREEDOM!!!"

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Free Webinar Recording: What's New at NO-BUTTS?

Posted by Lesley Copeland

Mar 23, 2015 12:01:04 PM


If you missed our webinar on March 18, What's New at NO-BUTTS?, you can download our free kit to find out about what’s new and exciting at the California Smokers' Helpline, including:

  • Free patches and incentives for qualified callers
  • Free texting program for tobacco users
  • Online initiatives including the new and improved Helpline website, online catalog, and web-based referral service
  • Future projects including a smartphone application, online chat for tobacco users, and e-referral for health care providers with electronic health records

This free kit includes the following materials:

  • Webinar Recording
  • Webinar Slide Deck
  • Patient Flyer: Ready to Quit Smoking? in English and Spanish
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Download Now!

If you have any questions or need any additional training or technical assistance, please feel free to contact me at (858) 300-1051 or lcopeland@ucsd.edu.


 

Free Nicotine Patches for Special Populations

Posted by Kristin Harms

Mar 10, 2015 2:30:00 PM


The California Smokers’ Helpline is actively engaged in special projects that are expanding our reach, making it easier for smokers to quit, and producing important research findings.

If you are a smoker living in California and want to quit, please call 1-800-NO-BUTTS (1-800-662-8887) to find out if you qualify for free nicotine patches through any of the following special projects:

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The Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking (MIQS) Project

California was one of ten states chosen to participate in the Medicaid Incentives for the Prevention of Chronic Disease Program, created by the Affordable Care Act. These states are studying the use of incentives to encourage Medicaid members to make healthy choices. California’s project is called MIQS, or Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking. Eligible Medi-Cal members who smoke can receive a $20 gift card to call the Helpline and engage in counseling. They can also receive free nicotine patches sent to their home, in addition to free telephone counseling. Providers throughout the state are actively referring their Medi-Cal patients, and over 30,000 have enrolled through the end of 2014. The MIQS Project has been successful in meeting its goals to provide incentives and counseling services that help Medi-Cal members quit smoking. Read more about this exciting project here.

Asian Smokers’ Quitline (ASQ)

The Helpline has served Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese speaking callers since 1992, and research has shown that these services are well-utilized and effective. In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded an expansion of the Helpline’s Asian lines. Since then the Asian Smokers’ Quitline (ASQ) has been available nationwide. Asian language callers receive one-on-one guidance, self-help materials, and free nicotine patches sent directly to their home. ASQ is promoted throughout the U.S., and local public health programs are encouraged to help get the word out to their Asian community members. Read more about ASQ here.

Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure (CEASE) California

CEASE California is an innovative program that trains pediatric providers to help the parents of their patients quit smoking. In so doing, they improve children’s health by reducing their exposure to secondhand smoke. CEASE stands for Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure and was developed by Dr. Jonathan Winickoff at Massachusetts General Hospital. With support from First 5 California and the American Academy of Pediatrics, CEASE California is actively recruiting pediatric practices and training them on how to implement this program in their practices. Providers may directly refer the smoking parents of their pediatric patients to the Helpline. Parents of kids aged 0-5 can receive free nicotine patches sent directly to their home. Read about CEASE California here.

For More Information

If you want to quit smoking and to find out if you qualify for free patches to help you quit, please call 1-800-NO-BUTTS (1-800-662-8887) or click below to register online for Helpline services:

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Free Webinar: What's New at NOBUTTS?

Posted by Lesley Copeland

Mar 3, 2015 12:00:00 PM


Kurtz_Phone_StackedPlease join us for a free 30-minute webinar on Wednesday, March 18 from 12:30 to 1 pm PST to hear about what’s new and exciting at the California Smokers' Helpline.  Find out about:

  • Free patches and incentives for qualified callers
  • Free texting program for tobacco users
  • Online initiatives including the new and improved Helpline website, online catalog, and web-based referral service
  • Future projects including a smartphone application, online chat for tobacco users, and e-referral for health care providers with electronic health records

Presenters are Chris Anderson, Project Director, and Kristin Harms, Communications Manager, with the California Smokers' Helpline.

Register Now!


The 4 Ds and 2 Rs for Dealing with Cravings and Urges

Posted by Gary Tedeschi, PhD

Feb 25, 2015 12:11:00 PM


So, you have quit smoking—congratulations! You have just taken one of the most important steps you can take to protect your health and the health of those around you.

However, you might be experiencing urges to smoke, particularly during the first few days. It’s important to remember that nicotine cravings do not last long--most last only 3 to 5 minutes. As time passes, they get weaker and come less often. You could still have some cravings, but they will just pass by. If you quit Cold Turkey, the nicotine will be out of your body after only 3 days.

Check out these tips from the American Cancer Society for dealing with cravings and urges.
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The Four D’s

Try these techniques to get through those cravings:

Delay......................................Wait it out.

Distract yourself.................Do something else.

Deep breathe......................Release tension.

Drink water...........................Satisfy the craving.

For more ideas, click here.

The Two R’s:

And remember the two R’s:

Remind…………..Go over your reasons to quit.

Refuse……………Think: it’s not that you can’t smoke, it’s that you don’t want to smoke.

For More Information

For free, confidential help over the phone to quit smoking or to stay quit, please call the California Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-NO-BUTTS (1-800-662-8887) or register online for services. For more information, download our free fact sheet:

  Download Fact Sheet Now!

 


1. American Cancer Society. (2014, February 6). Guide to quitting smoking. Retrieved from http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/002971-pdf.pdsf

Andre. Smoked for 33 Years. Quit in 2012.

Posted by Andre Harrington

Feb 20, 2015 10:57:00 AM


"I started smoking at the age of 21 while in Europe vacationing in Florence, Italy.  I am 55 now and I can remember being mesmerized at all of the people in the bars drinking and smoking and how cool they looked doing it.  I would catch a glimpse of myself in the mirrors in the bar and I'd say to myself, 'Boy, you have arrived!'  Every one smoked in Europe.  And it was accepted everywhere.

At first I didn't like the taste of the cigarettes, but that would change the more that I drank.  I would grow to love everything about smoking and I vowed to never quit. The only thing that changed was that I changed from regular to menthol.  When I returned to the States I was looked upon as being different because I dressed and acted differently and I smoked! This would carry on for many years, too.

All of a sudden people near me started quitting and I would hear about cancer and magazine ads would appear that made me think about my 'best friend.'  This would have me to reevaluate my love affair with cigarettes and it is then that I would start trying to quit.

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One night while watching television an ad from California Smokers' Helpline appeared and it really struck home with me. I called the next day and the folks at Helpline really listened to me. I was to receive the patches by mail and was told that I could call anytime. That was in 2012 and I am still a non-smoker. They told me I would have an occasional urge, but the urges would not last long as time went on.  And if I needed to I could call the Helpline.

I love being a non-smoker and if I can quit smoking, anyone can quit, especially with the help of California Smokers' Helpline."

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Are You Through With Chew? Read On.

Posted by Kristin Harms

Feb 18, 2015 11:42:00 AM


This week is designated Through With Chew Week, to call attention to the dangers of using chew, which includes chewing tobacco, spit tobacco, dip, snus, and snuff.

Did you know that keeping an average size dip in your mouth for 30 minutes can give you as much nicotine as smoking three cigarettes? On average, chew products deliver a higher dose of nicotine than cigarettes making the product more habit forming.

Chew also contains at least 28 chemicals that have been found to cause cancer in the mouth, esophagus, and pancreas. Smokeless tobacco can also cause gum disease, heart disease, precancerous mouth sores, and cavities.


Cancer Causing Chemicals in Smokeless Tobacco

 Warning signs of possible health problems from chew include:

  • A lump in the neck
  • Change in voice
  • A growth or white spots inside the mouth
  • Swallowing problems
  • Persistent earache
  • Blood in saliva or phlegm
  • Changes in the skin

For more information about smokeless tobacco, please visit http://www.nobutts.org/chew or download our free fact sheet.

If you are ready to quit chew, please call the California Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-NO-BUTTS (1-800-662-8887) or register online by clicking the image below:

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New Look. New Information. New Help.

Posted by Kristin Harms

Feb 12, 2015 11:59:55 AM

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The California Smokers’ Helpline is pleased to announce the launch of its new website at www.nobutts.org, designed to give visitors immediate access to the information they need about smoking cessation. Whether you are a tobacco user, friend or family member, health care provider, behavioral health professional or community health educator, our goal is to provide the tools to help you, or the person you are helping, to quit successfully.

New Content

The site features new sections just for:

  • Tobacco users, friends and family members, health care providers, behavioral health professionals, and community-based organizations
  • Visitors who want information in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, or Vietnamese
  • Health care providers with pages addressing the importance of quit attempts, how to talk to your patients about quitting smoking, treating special populations, pharmacotherapy, and other tobacco products
  • Behavioral health professionals with pages covering topics such as why clients with behavioral health conditions use tobacco, myths about tobacco use and behavioral health, and the role of behavioral health professionals in treating tobacco use

New and Improved Features

  • Easier to find online registration for Helpline services, the web-based referral service, and the texting program
  • New sections describing the evidence base for Helpline services, Helpline referral options, and free training for health professionals from the Center for Tobacco Cessation
  • Special projects involving the Helpline including the Asian Smokers’ Helpline, CEASE California, Center for Tobacco Cessation, Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit (MIQS) Project, UC Quits, and Kids and Tobacco Smoke Don’t Quit
  • New online catalog at www.nobutts-catalog.org, offering a variety of free fact sheets, flyers, posters, online training and other materials and resources for quitting smoking targeted to a variety of user groups. Many resources have been updated, are available in multiple languages and most may be viewed or downloaded directly from the site.

Stay Up to Date

We plan to offer a variety of new webinars, materials and blog articles for health professionals in the coming months, so sign up for email or blog updates (at right) to stay informed.

We Want Your Feedback!

We hope you are as excited as we are about our new website and invite you to take a brief 5-question survey about it. We will continue to add new features and content to the site in the coming months and so welcome your feedback.

Take the survey now!

Free Web-Based Referral Service for Evidence-Based Tobacco Cessation

Posted by Kristin Harms

Jul 8, 2014 1:06:00 PM

Join hundreds of health professionals throughout California who are referring their patients quickly and easily to the free, evidence-based, tobacco cessation services of the California Smokers’ Helpline via our web-based referral service.

Studies have shown that smokers who use Helpline counseling are twice as likely to quit as those who don’t. Seventy percent of smokers visit a physician at least once a year and according to the U.S. Public Health Service Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: Clinical Practice Guideline, 2008 Update, “Telephone quitline counseling is effective with diverse populations and has broad reach. Therefore, both clinicians and health care delivery systems should ensure patient access to quitlines and promote quitline use.”

Listen to Jyothi Marbin, MD, of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, and JoAnne Roy, LVN, of San Franciso General Hospital talk about the benefits of the Helpline's cessation services and web-based referral service as well as successful Helpline clients talk about their experience:

Register now for the Helpline's web-based referral service and start referring your patients quickly and easily:

  Register for Web-Based Referral

Free Web-Based Referral Service for Evidence-Based Tobacco Cessation

Posted by Kristin Harms

Jul 8, 2014 11:01:26 AM

Web-based referral serviceJoin hundreds of health professionals throughout California who are referring their patients quickly and easily to the free, evidence-based, tobacco cessation services of the California Smokers’ Helpline via our web-based referral service.

Studies have shown that smokers who use Helpline counseling are twice as likely to quit as those who don’t. Seventy percent of smokers visit a physician at least once a year and according to the U.S. Public Health Service Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: Clinical Practice Guideline, 2008 Update, “Telephone quitline counseling is effective with diverse populations and has broad reach. Therefore, both clinicians and health care delivery systems should ensure patient access to quitlines and promote quitline use.”


Listen to Jyothi Marbin, MD, of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, and JoAnne Roy, LVN, of San Franciso General Hospital talk about the benefits of the Helpline's cessation services and web-based referral service as well as successful Helpline clients talk about their experience:


Register now for the Helpline's web-based referral service and start referring your patients quickly and easily:

Register for Web-Based Referral



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The California Smokers' Helpline offers free, evidence-based tobacco cessation services in multiple languages to help smokers quit. We also offer free training and resources to health professionals to increase their knowledge and capacity for tobacco cessation.

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