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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

McCaffree Elected to National Leadership Role for Tobacco Quitline Association

Robert McCaffree, MD, has been elected to serve on the national board of directors for the North American Quitline Consortium. The consortium seeks to promote evidence-based quitline services across North America. Board members are elected by members of the organization and serve a maximum of two, three-year terms.

Quitlines are telephone-based tobacco cessation services that provide users with evidence-based resources to help people quit tobacco use. These services may include coaching and counseling, text messaging, referrals, mailed materials, web-based tools and free medications such as nicotine replacement therapy.

“Quitlines are a powerful tool in reaching tobacco users and assisting them with their attempts to quit,” said Dr. McCaffree. “Because of their effectiveness, residents in all 50 states, including Oklahoma, have access to a quitline.”

Currently, McCaffree serves as the Director of State and Local Policy for the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center at the Stephenson Cancer Center and Regents’ Professor of Medicine in the Section of Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care and Sleep in the Department of Internal Medicine in the OU College of Medicine. 

Over his career, McCaffree has had a long history of policy work and advocacy on tobacco issues. While president of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), he testified before Congress on these issues and met with White House officials, including the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services regarding tobacco.  When a national tobacco settlement was being considered, McCaffree represented the ACCP in a coalition of national health and medical organizations.

“The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is recognized nationally for its efforts to reach tobacco users and offer them support and assistance in quitting,” said TSET Executive Director John Woods.

“Dr. McCaffree has supported smoke-free and tobacco-free efforts as a physician and member of the TSET board, and we are proud he will continue to offer that passion and expertise to the association to inform the work of quitlines across the country.”

When the voters of Oklahoma approved placing the money from the multistate tobacco settlement in a constitutionally protected endowment trust fund, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of TSET by former Attorney General Drew Edmondson. He served as the first Chairman of the Board and served 12 years on the TSET board.

The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, a program of TSET, is a free service available 24/7. Their services include free text and email support, phone and web coaching, patches, gum or lozenges and more for registered participants. To learn more, call the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline at 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit OKhelpline.com.