Research also shows that counseling tobacco users improves quit rates, and that tobacco counseling provided over the phone is as effective as counseling provided in person. The Maine QuitLink provides tobacco users counseling by phone, digital support and when appropriate, provides medication support. Evaluation of the Phone Coaching Program has demonstrated that these services are effective. Tobacco users who receive support from the Maine QuitLink are two to three times more likely to successfully quit tobacco long-term than those who try quitting on their own.
Quit Your Way – Quit Service Options:
The Maine QuitLink offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of your patients of clients. Maine residents can access multiple program options and tools that provide flexibility and choice for individuals to quit smoking, vaping, or other tobacco products their own way. Maine QuitLink participants can access phone coaching, online quit tools, and medication support. Individuals can access services by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW, visiting MaineQuitLink.com or through provider referral.
The Maine QuitLink suite of services includes tailored tobacco treatment programming for teens (13-17). Learn more about the My Life, My Quit program.
Quit Coaches provide evidence-based services using the Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence Clinical Practice Guideline (U.S. Public Health Service, 2008).
- Tobacco Users Registered for Services: 5,164
- Incoming Calls: 8,865
- Web Enrollments: 1,393
- Provider Referrals: 7,606
- Nicotine Replacement Therapy Vouchers Authorized: 5,966
Quit Rates and Outcomes:
- Unassisted Quit Rate: 3%
- Maine QuitLink Phone Coaching Quit Rate: 32.2%
- 75% of Maine QuitLink participants reported quitting or cutting down their use
The Maine QuitLink offers free, confidential support to all people, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation. This support includes qualified interpreters for people whose primary language is not English, and services to assist individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. The MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence administers the Maine QuitLink on behalf of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), Maine Department of Health and Human Services.