LANSING, Mich. – To help local smokers quit tobacco, the health department is offering new support services, including one-on-one quit-tobacco appointments, group meetings and workshops. Services are free of charge or covered by most health insurance plans.
Smokers wanting to quit can work with a tobacco treatment specialist to develop a personalized plan that includes a combination of therapies such as nicotine replacement, counseling, self-help materials and a strong support network.
“Many smokers make multiple quit attempts before they are successful,” said Linda S. Vail, Ingham County Health Officer. “Having the right support and a solid quit plan greatly increases the odds of success.”
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.
Local quit-tobacco resources include:
- “Tobacco and You,” a free, weekly, drop-in support group that meets on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. at Forest Community Health Center located at 2316 S. Cedar Street in Lansing. Call (517) 887-4586 for information.
- “Quit-Tobacco Workshop,” a workshop to help smokers develop a quit plan. The next two workshops will be: June 6, 5 p.m. at Forest Community Health Center; and June 22, 11:30 a.m. at the Lansing Area AIDS Network. A light meal will be served at each workshop. Call (517) 887-4306 for information and to enroll.
- One-on-one quit-tobacco support services, up to eight sessions. Call (517) 887-4586 for information.
- The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Tobacco Quitline, 1-800-784-8669.