Available Services for Cancer - Lung Cancer Incidence
Since smoking is by far the leading risk factor for lung cancer, public health programs to reduce lung cancer focus on tobacco prevention and control. Alaska's statewide Tobacco Prevention and Control Program coordinates efforts to accomplish the following four goals: 1. Prevent youth from starting tobacco use [[br]]2. Protect the public from secondhand smoke [[br]]3. Promote cessation of tobacco use among youth and adults [[br]]4. Identify and eliminate tobacco related health disparities and achieve health equity A free service that assists smokers with quitting is Alaska's Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) or online at [http://www.alaskaquitline.com]. When calling the Quit Line, each caller is provided individual assistance by a trained Quit Coach who offers the following: - An assessment of readiness to quit [[br]]- A customized quit plan [[br]]- Nicotine replacement therapy [[br]]- Motivation and problem solving advice [[br]]- Up-to-date information on cessation aids and referral services [[br]]- A free Tobacco Quit Guide with helpful "how to" guides and resources [[br]]- Skill building and problem-solving [[br]]- Relapse prevention The service also includes a component called Text2Quit, which helps participants stay engaged with their Quit Coach, use medications correctly, manage urges, and prevent relapse; all from their mobile phones. These text messages are personalized to a participant's Quit Plan and sent out over a 4-month period, allowing participants to see their data and track their progress. People enrolled in the program can also request Web Coach, an online program that supports and assists tobacco users throughout the quitting process. Web Coach participants can view and track their quit plan progress online. They can identify patterns and triggers by tracking when and where they smoke, and calculate how much they are currently spending on tobacco. Once a participant has quit, Web Coach has additional features to help them stay smoke free. It lets participants use a quit tracker to see how long they have been smoke free and how much money they have saved by not buying tobacco, communicate with other participants via discussion forums, and access blogs posted on a regular basis on quitting topics. To take advantage of this free service, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) or visit [http://www.alaskaquitline.com].