Alaska
Quitline Profile
United States
Quitline: Alaska's Tobacco Quitline
Began Operations: January 2002
Standard Hours of Operation
Monday:
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday:
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday:
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday:
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday:
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday:
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday:
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Closed on:
holidays
Telephone Numbers
Line
Phone Number
Language/Subject
1
(800) QUIT-NOW
English
2
(888) 842-QUIT
English
Supported Languages
Counseling offered in: English, Spanish
Third-party counseling: Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, French, Russian, translation services are available in 148 languages
Deaf/Hard of hearing: Direct TTY machine
 
Phone Counseling
Types:
brief intervention
single-session
multi-session (client-initiated)
multi-session (counselor-initiated)
Text Msg to cell phone (two-way)
Text Msg to cell phone (one-way)
Length of standard first session: 40 min
Length of standard follow-up session: 45 min
Counseling session topics:
tobacco history
developing a quit plan
setting a quit date
withdrawal symptoms
relapse prevention
weight gain
use of cessation medication
stress management
other
Web-Based Services
quitline information
cessation information
self-help tools
automated e-mail messages
interactive counseling
chat rooms
Cessation Medications
Free Medications
patch
gum
lozenge
nasal spray
inhaler
varenicline
bupropion
Discounted Medications
patch
gum
lozenge
nasal spray
inhaler
varenicline
bupropion
Distribution Methods
voucher
by mail
Other Services
voicemail with callbacks
recorded self-help messages
referral to other health services
mailed info or self-help resources
To receive counseling:
All Alaskan adults (18+) are eligible to receive free phone, web, and text based counseling. Alaskan's can call the quitline as often as they like and are eligible to receive 4 pro-active support calls from a quit coach.
To receive medication:
All Alaskan adults (18+) who enroll in the multi-call counseling program are eligible to receive free combination therapy (patch and gum or lozenge). Participants are eligible to receive 4 weeks of patch and 2 weeks of gum or lozenge with one enrollment every 6 months (or 2 times per year).
Specialized Materials
youth, under 18
youth, 18-25
older tobacco users, 55+
smokeless tobacco users
pregnant tobacco users
multiple addictions
racial/ethnic populations
lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender
chronic health conditions
low socioeconomic status or Medicaid
low literacy
other
mental health disorders including psychiatric conditions
Fax or electronic referral program:  Yes
Person(s) eligible to refer patients:
certified or trained fax referral providers
clinicians or non-clinicians in a healthcare setting
clinicians or non-clinicians in a community-based organization
other
Available referral methods:
faxed form
e-mail or online
EMR with electronic submission
Tobacco users can be referred if they:
are thinking about quiting
indiciate a readiness to quit within 30 days
are ready to make a quit attempt
are quit and seek help to stay quit
Referred patients contacted within:  Within 48 hours
Other services available to referring providers:
quitline and/or referral brochures
customized referral/consent forms
patient progress reports
customized provider feedback reports
staff training
quitline/referral program newsletter
Referral program contact:
Eliza Muse
State of Alaska Tobacco Prevention & Control Prog.
(907) 269-0465
eliza.muse@alaska.gov
Other information:
Smoke-Free Laws
Workplaces: No
Bars: No
Restaurants No
Tobacco Tax Rates
Current cigarette tax rate: $2.00
Effective date: July 1, 2007
Amount of last increase: $0.20
Callers (Source: NAQC Annual Survey - 2016)
Number of direct calls to the quitline: 5,759
Number of tobacco users receiving services: 2,024
Number of tobacco users registering for Web-based services: 249
Number of tobacco users referred to the quitline: 319
Calculations (Source: NAQC Annual Survey - 2016)
Amount per smoker spent on services and medications: $4.67
Amount per smoker spent on media and promotions: Not available
Promotional reach: Not available
Treatment reach: 2.00 %
NAQC standard quit rate: Not available
NOTE: Additional quitline data is available online at www.naquitline.org/data/
Context for quitline metrics:
Funder of quitline services: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Operator of counseling services: Optum
Funding source(s): CDC-NTCP Core Funding and State General Funds
Profile last updated on May 15, 2017