Smoking remains the single most preventable cause of premature death in the United States. More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined. In Idaho, 16.9% of adults smoke, 14% of high school students smoke, and 1,500 adults die each year from smoking.
Touch to Quit program is an innovative tobacco cessation program for hospitalized patients. Touch to Quit is valuable in that is does not require time or effort from hospital personnel. Through Touch to Quit, patients who are current tobacco users have access to a touch- screen monitor that offers tailored videos, consisting of messages from a medical doctor, as well as former tobacco users. Touch to Quit includes sections regarding why a tobacco user should quit, strategies for dealing with urges to use tobacco, information about quit aides, and information about free quitting resources in Idaho.
Touch to Quit will be piloted in two hospitals located in Southwestern Idaho. If the program is successful then the program will be redesigned for use in additional health care settings.
For more information about Touch to Quit please contact:
Kendra Witt, PhD, MPH
Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health