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MDCH Marking 10 Years of Michigan Tobacco Quitline

MDCH Marking 10 Years of Michigan Tobacco Quitline

The Michigan Tobacco Quitline is now 10 years old.

The Department of Community Health says as of August, the Quitline surpassed 50,000 enrollees since its inception in 2003.

Officials say the Tobacco Quitline has grown from a regional pilot project offering telephone coaching to residents of the Upper Peninsula, to a comprehensive tobacco coaching program offering a wide menu of services to all Michigan residents.

Currently, the Quitline offers telephone coaching, web coaching, text messaging, email messaging, referral to local quit smoking programs, and online registration. Coaching is offered live in English and Spanish, and translation services are offered for other languages.

Health officials say while Michigan has made great strides in reducing tobacco use, there is still work to be done. In 2012, an estimated 23.3 percent of Michigan adults reported that they currently smoke cigarettes on a regular basis, a figure that is higher than the U.S. median prevalence of 19.6 percent.

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., accounting for more than 440,000 deaths, or one of every five deaths, in the country each year.

 

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