Reaching Spanish-speaking smokers: state-level evidence of untapped potential for QuitLine utilization

Am J Public Health. 2010 Apr 1;100 Suppl 1(Suppl 1):S165-710. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.166322. Epub 2010 Feb 10.


Objectives: We examined the effects of a Spanish-language media campaign on the reach and outcomes of a state-sponsored QuitLine among Latino smokers.

Methods: In this quasiexperimental (2-group, pre-post) study, we analyzed data from Colorado QuitLine callers before (April-August 2007) and during (September-November 2007) the media campaign. Call volume, service utilization, and quit rates at 7-month follow-up were compared between Latino (n = 243) and non-Latino (n = 527) callers.

Results: QuitLine calls increased among Latinos during the campaign by 57.6% (1169 vs 1842 in 3-month periods). Compared with precampaign Latino study respondents, Latino respondents during the campaign were significantly younger (younger than 45 years), more often Spanish speaking, uninsured, and less educated. Among Latino enrollees, program completion and nicotine replacement therapy use were similar before and during the campaign, and quit rates during the campaign improved marginally to significantly (7-day abstinence: 29.6% vs 41.0%, P = .07; 6-month abstinence: 9.6% vs 18.8%, P = .04).

Conclusions: A well-designed, statewide Spanish-language media campaign increased QuitLine reach and improved cessation outcomes among a young Latino population of low socioeconomic status. QuitLine-supported cessation can be increased among these smokers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Colorado
  • Data Collection
  • Directive Counseling / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Hispanic or Latino*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Smoking Cessation / economics
  • Smoking Cessation / ethnology
  • Smoking Cessation / methods*
  • Telephone / statistics & numerical data*
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / drug therapy
  • Young Adult