LANSING, Mich. – To encourage smokers to quit, the Ingham County Health Department (ICHD) is offering a new free, weekly support group “Tobacco and YOU.” The group is offering Quit-Kits to help people quit for the Great American Smokeout, held nationally on November 17.
The support group meets on Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m. at Forest Community Health Center located at 2316 S. Cedar Street in Lansing. The group encourages people to attend on Wednesday, November 16 so they are prepared to quit the next day.
“The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity to remind tobacco users that there are resources available to help them quit, and to support tobacco users in their efforts to quit,” said Linda S. Vail, Ingham County Health Officer. “Quitting tobacco is the best thing you can do for your health.”
Tobacco use remains the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in Michigan, killing more than 16,200 residents each year. In Ingham County, 20.7% of adults, and 9.1% of youth smoke cigarettes. Most users make several quit attempts before they are successful.
Research shows that while quitting is difficult for most, people who use tobacco can increase their success in quitting with help. Quitters are most successful when using a combination of therapies, including nicotine replacement, counseling, self-help materials and a strong support network.
Resources available to local residents include:
- “Tobacco and You,” a free, weekly, drop-in support group that meets on Wednesdays, 2 p.m. at Forest Community Health Center located at 2316 S. Cedar Street in Lansing in the Community Room.
- The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ (MDHHS) Tobacco Quitline, 1-800-784-8669, provides free telephone coaching for the uninsured, pregnant women, those with Medicaid and Medicare, veterans, cancer patients and American Indians. Free nicotine replacement medications are available for those who qualify.