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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(3), 900-914; doi:10.3390/ijerph6030900
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A Helpline Telephone Service for Tobacco Related Issues: The Italian Experience

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Received: 24 December 2008; Accepted: 14 February 2009 / Published: 26 February 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smoking and Tobacco Control)
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Abstract: Antismoking helplines have become an integral part of tobacco control efforts in many countries, including Italy. The demonstrated efficacy and the convenience of telephone based counselling have led to the fast adoption of antismoking helplines. However, information on how these helplines operate in actual practice is not often readily available. This paper provides an overview of the Italian Antismoking Helpline, an increasingly popular telephone service for tobacco problems operating in Italy since 2000. As many states, regions and nations are contemplating various telephone programs as part of large scale anti-tobacco campaigns, this paper briefly discusses the reasons the helpline is well suited to lead the cessation component of a comprehensive tobacco control program, how it operates and how it can be used in conjunction with other tobacco control activities. The Italian Antismoking Helpline provides Italians with free services that include counselling, cessation related information, self help quit kits and current legislation information. The helpline is promoted statewide by media campaigns, health care providers, local tobacco control programs and public school system. The Helpline is centrally operated through the Istituto Superiore di Sanità and it has served over 17.000 tobacco users and others.
Keywords: Italian Antismoking Helpline; counselling; tobacco smoking Italian Antismoking Helpline; counselling; tobacco smoking
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Pizzi, E.; Di Pucchio, A.; Mastrobattista, L.; Solimini, R.; Pacifici, R.; Pichini, S. A Helpline Telephone Service for Tobacco Related Issues: The Italian Experience. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 900-914.

AMA Style

Pizzi E, Di Pucchio A, Mastrobattista L, Solimini R, Pacifici R, Pichini S. A Helpline Telephone Service for Tobacco Related Issues: The Italian Experience. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009; 6(3):900-914.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Pizzi, Enrica; Di Pucchio, Alessandra; Mastrobattista, Luisa; Solimini, Renata; Pacifici, Roberta; Pichini, Simona. 2009. "A Helpline Telephone Service for Tobacco Related Issues: The Italian Experience." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 6, no. 3: 900-914.



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