State Tobacco Hotline hits new plateau - WNEM TV 5

State Tobacco Hotline hits new plateau

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Kicking the habit is just a phone call away. And now the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has announced that the Michigan Tobacco Quitline has now reached more than 100,000 callers, supporting thousands of residents by providing tobacco cessation resources.

"Quitting the use of tobacco products is one of the best, most immediate steps you can take to improve your health, and the Michigan Tobacco Quitline helps residents do just that,” said Nick Lyon, director of MDHHS. “Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness in our state, and so it's a very promising sign for Michigan that so many residents are taking advantage of this free, life-changing and potentially life-saving resource.”

The Michigan Tobacco Quitline began operations in 2003. It offers free information, services and referrals to Michigan residents who want to quit using tobacco. These services include telephone and online coaching programs, self-help materials, lists of local quit smoking programs, and text and email messaging. Qualifying residents may be eligible to receive free one-on-one coaching and nicotine replacement therapy.

Researchers say the use of tobacco products is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability and death in Michigan and throughout the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths each year. The Michigan Tobacco Quitline has helped reduce tobacco use in our state, but officials say there is still more work to be done. The current adult smoking rate in Michigan is 21.4 percent, a rate that is higher than the national median prevalence of 19 percent.

The Michigan Tobacco Quitline is available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. EST. and can be reached 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) or https://michigan.quitlogix.org/. For additional resources and information about tobacco use in Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/tobacco.

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