SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (FOX 2) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services wants you to stop smoking – and they're distributing nicotine patches, gum or lozenges over the summer.
Between today and September 30, MDHHS is distributing up to eight weeks of quit smoking resources with the help of the Ex-Smokers' Tips campaign on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
All you have to do is call Quitline at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669). The line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
"The CDC Tips campaign reminds people of the harmful effects of smoking and connects them with important resources like the Michigan Tobacco Quitline," says Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS medical executive director and deputy chief health officer. "As a physician and public health practitioner, I know very well the terrible price of smoking. MDHHS is committed to helping Michiganders leave tobacco products and reduce the risk of tobacco-related diseases such as cancer and heart disease."
Smoking kills almost 500,000 Americans each year and is the leading cause of preventable deaths and illnesses in the country.
Most smokers, 68 percent, say they want to give up, but they can not fight the craving. Now the MDHHS is helping. Users interested in giving up are invited to call Quitline for free help to quit.
Michigan Tobacco Quitline is an evidence-based service that provides free telephone and online training and text messaging. So far, more than 140,000 Michigan residents have used Quitline or the online training program to help them on their journey to a life without tobacco.
Help is available in English and Spanish. For more information, check out Michigan.gov/tobacco.