COVID-19: Resources from the Quitline in the wake of the virus



Dear members and partners:


We hope you are staying healthy during this time of stress, uncertainty and rapid change due to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a time when the mission and work of quitlines are needed more than ever to support the health of communities nationwide. Although much about this challenging pandemic is still unknown, we do know that quitting smoking and vaping can potentially reduce the risk of serious lung disease caused by coronavirus. In the days ahead, we will continue to witness and document how the spread of COVID-19 impacts tobacco use, relapse rates, quit attempts and reliance on quitlines for cessation and support services. We have already heard from several quitline providers that they are seeing an increased need for additional referrals and emotional support for callers concerned about COVID-19. Like many organizations throughout the country, quitlines have had to quickly adapt their operations and adopt contingency plans in response to public health and workplace safety measures. All are committed to continuing to meet the needs of the clients and communities they serve with as little disruption as possible. NAQC is continuing to monitor the capacity of quitlines and the latest news and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health agencies regarding the matter. We will disseminate relevant information and resources as they become available. We encourage you all to practice safe habits and take care of yourself and your families. Please take a few minutes to update us on your status and any technical assistance needs you have as a result of the pandemic by sending an email to naqc@naquitline.org or posting to the NAQC Listserv - NAQC@LISTSERV.NAQUITLINE.ORG. Resources:

· Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov

· Get the latest research from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus


· Articles of interest:

o COVID-19: Potential implications for individuals with substance use disorders by Dr. Nora Volkow of NIDA: https://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/noras-blog/2020/03/covid-19-potential-implications-individuals-substance-use-disorders

o Reduce your risk of serious lung disease caused by corona virus by quitting smoking and vaping by Stan Glantz of UCSF: https://tobacco.ucsf.edu/reduce-your-risk-serious-lung-disease-caused-corona-virus-quitting-smoking-and-vaping

o Smoking or vaping may increase the risk of a severe coronavirus infection by Tanya Lewis. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/smoking-or-vaping-may-increase-the-risk-of-a-severe-coronavirus-infection1/?amp

o FAQs - Coronavirus and Smoking from Quit Victoria: https://www.quit.org.au/articles/faqs-coronavirus-covid-19-and-smoking


· Research

o Analysis of factors associated with disease outcomes in hospitalized patients with 2019 novel coronavirus disease. Liu, Wei; Tao, Zhao-Wu; Lei, Wang, et al. Chinese Medical Journal: February 28, 2020 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - doi: 10.1097/CM9.0000000000000775hhh https://journals.lww.com/cmj/Abstract/publishahead/Analysis_of_factors_associated_with_disease.99363.aspx. A history of smoking was found to be one of the factors for the progression of COVID-19 pneumonia.

Regards, Linda A Bailey, JD, MHS President & CEO

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