Michigan Tobacco Quitline Offering Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy Through September
Friday June 28, 2019
Is quitting smoking on your to-do list this summer? BHSJ can help!
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency urges residents to quit, and wants you to know that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) can help with free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges through September 30th.
Michigan residents are eligible for up to eight weeks of free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges. All of these replacement therapies are available to Michigan residents who call the Quitline at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669). Enrollment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. It kills about 480,000 Americans each year,” says Kelley Mapes, Tobacco Treatment Specialist at the Tri-County Health Department. “For every person who dies from a smoking-related disease, at least 30 more people suffer at least one serious illness from smoking. Nearly 68 percent of smokers say they want to quit. ”Tobacco users interested in quitting are urged to call 800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) or to visit Cdc.gov/tips for free help quitting and to view the personal stories from the campaign.
The Michigan Tobacco Quitline is an evidence-based service providing free telephone and online coaching and text messaging. More than 140,000 Michigan residents have used the Quitline or the online coaching program to help them in their journey towards a tobacco-free life. The Quitline offers English, Arabic and Spanish-speaking counselors, as well as interpretive services for a wide variety of languages. For more information, call 800-QUIT-NOW or visit Michigan.gov/tobacco.