Who are we?

 

QuitConnect is an exciting new project being implemented by the University of South Carolina, in partnership with the North American Quitline Consortium. QuitConnect is a community for tobacco users that will provide access to a variety of national cessation resources and support, all in one place. In addition, service providers (state quitlines, health departments and researchers) can conduct outreach to QuitConnect community members, ask them to help with research on continued engagement in cessation, or notify them of new or additional services. In other words, it is a way for tobacco users to get connected with evidence-based quitting tools, and to help test innovative cessation approaches, even before they are publicly available!

QuitConnect is currently being pilot tested. Our pilot project is focusing on smokers who call state quitlines. This pilot project, however, is just the first step towards a larger vision for building a QuitConnect community that involves diverse tobacco users, including those who are difficult to reach or do not call quitlines. QuitConnect will compliment, promote, and strengthen the other resources available to tobacco users who want to quit. Quitconnect aims to complement current tobacco cessation resources, while allowing for a flexible development and evolution as new outreach and research needs arise.

QuitConnect is funded through a grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was awarded to the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health's Prevention Research Center. You can find more information about the Prevention Research Center here: http://prevention.sph.sc.edu/. Our main partner on this project is the North American Quitline Consortium. You can find out more about NAQC here:http://www.naquitline.org/