The Missouri Tobacco Quitline was highlighted in the Center's for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) journal Preventing Chronic Disease. A peer-reviewed research article "State Quitlines and Cessation Patterns Among Adults with Selected Chronic Diseases in 15 States, 2005-2008" was published in the December 2012, Volume 9 of the Preventing Chronic Disease journal.
This article talked about a study done by a company that manages the quitlines for the 15 states, including Missouri. Specifically, they compared individual's demographics, quitline usage, and quit rates among callers. This study found that approximately 1/3 of callers were tobacco users with at least one of four identified chronic health conditions (asthma, coronary artery disease (CAD), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and diabetes); it also found callers with a chronic health condition were less likely to quit smoking (Bush 2012).
In Missouri, you can call the Tobacco Quitline for free at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or can register online at www.quitnow.net/missouri. The Quitline is helpful for individuals with or without chronic health conditions, including those already mentioned, arthritis, and heart disease, to develop a personalized plan to quit smoking with the help and support of a trained coach. For more information on Missouri's Tobacco Quitline, please view their fact sheet here.