South Dakota QuitLine


Health care providers are key to cessation efforts. And to help you help us spread
the word, a complete SD QuitLine Q&A kit has been specifically written and designed for busy
health care professionals like you.

Your silence could be harmful. In 2008, 1,275 South Dakotans died from tobacco attributable
causes. Total medical costs from tobacco use in 2007 was $274 million. Research shows that
when providers are involved in helping patients quit, patient success increases substantially.

At current use levels, 18,000 South Dakota children age 0 – 17 are projected to die from
tobacco use. You can order your kit today by calling 1-866-737-8487.

Ask. Advise. Refer.

Hey, it doesn’t hurt to Ask.
Most tobacco users want to quit. And every year, about half of them try… and fail… because they
are not getting the help they need when they make their quit attempt.
As their health care provider, you can help.
But first, you have to take the time to talk about it.
Just ask, “Do you use tobacco?“

Take a good look. Advise.
Once you’ve broached the subject, document their tobacco use along with their other vital signs.
Then ask them if they’re willing to make a quit attempt at this time.
Patients not ready to quit may need additional motivational counseling.
Refer them.

Give them the tools. Refer.
There are great resources in South Dakota, specifically designed to help you help your patients
quit tobacco. For your convenience, we’ve prepared the list below to help you answer the
most typical patient questions.

South Dakota QuitLine: Answers to frequently asked questions
Why should I talk to my patients about tobacco use?

Good question.
There are at least three good answers:

  1. About 70% of all tobacco users have seen a healthcare
    provider this year, but fewer than half of them have received
    quit assistance from their provider. We can do better.
  2. About 100,000 South Dakotans use tobacco, and about
    70,000 of them say they want to quit. Let’s help them do it.
  3. Healthcare professionals tell us they consider the
    QuitLine a valuable service to their patients and refer their
    patients routinely. Even so, they would like to have more
    specific information about the QuitLine experience so they
    can, in turn, provide their patients with the best possible
    answers to questions about our services when asked.
How does a patient get in touch with a QuitLine coach the first time?
  1. The patient can call the South Dakota QuitLine to enroll in coaching:
    1-866-SD QUITS (1-866-737-8487).
  2. Or, they can visit the website and request a call from a QuitLine coach.
How many times does a patient have to talk to a QuitLine coach?

Typically, there are 5 coaching sessions centered around a quit date.

How well qualified are QuitLine coaches?

A QuitLine coach must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a health-related field along with
additional training in tobacco addiction and cessation.

How does the patient get the free medications?

Just writing a prescription won’t do it. First, a patient must enroll and participate in coaching to receive
free cessation medication. Second, the prescribing provider must fax a completed QuitLine
prescription form to the Central Pharmacy. Prescription forms are available by calling the QuitLine at 1-866-SD QUITS (1-866-737-8487).

How can I make sure my patients are enrolled, and track their progress?

The patient wishing to quit can complete and sign a Fax Referral Form, giving their consent for a QuitLine coach to contact them. Providers can then fax the Referral Form to the QuitLine at 1-605-322-3858. With patient consent, the QuitLine is able to forward information about the enrollment and participation status.

Click here to download the referral form.

How will medications be delivered to my patients?

All medications will be delivered by mail.

What happens the first time someone calls the QuitLine?

The first call to the QuitLine by a participant is to enroll in the program. The call will take approximately 10 –15 minutes.

What are the hours of operation for the QuitLine? Can you call any time?

The QuitLine is open Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Central time, and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time. Voicemail is available 24 hours a day, seven days per week with a return call the next business day.

What are the limits on medications?

QuitLine participants may choose up to 8 weeks of prescription medication: Zyban (Bupropion) and Chantix (Varenicline) OR up to 8 weeks of over the counter medication: Nicotine Replacement Patch (7mg, 14mg, 21mg), Nicotine Replacement Gum (2mg, 4mg), or Nicotine Lozenges (2mg, 4mg).

When should patients call the QuitLine? Only when they feel like using tobacco?

The sessions are scheduled by the participant at their convenience to coincide with important steps in the quitting process. The QuitLine coach will call the participant at the scheduled times. A participant may also call anytime they feel a need for additional support.

Will the QuitLine help people quit other kinds of tobacco, or is it just for smoking?

All tobacco users can take advantage of the QuitLine services. The QuitLine serves people 13 and older, however, medication for those under 18 requires a doctor’s prescription.

Where do I go to get more information about the QuitLine?

Call the South Dakota QuitLine at 1-866-SD QUITS (1-866-737-8487)


FDA Update:
Smoking Cessation Products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a variety of tobacco cessation products. These include the medications available through the SD QuitLine: prescription medicines, Varenicline (Chantix) & Bupropion (Zyban), as well as over-the-counter (OTC) products such as nicotine replacement (NRT) patches, lozenges and gum. Tobacco cessation products are regulated through FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, which ensures that the products are safe and effective and that their benefits outweigh any known associated risks. To learn more about what the FDA says on tobacco cessation products click "READ MORE".

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