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Michigan Tobacco Quitline offering free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges

LANSING — Is quitting smoking on your to-do list this summer? The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) can help with free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges through Sept. 30.

The offer is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Tips From Former Smokers® campaign featuring real people who are living with the effects of smoking-related diseases and secondhand smoke exposure. Up to eight weeks of free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges 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.

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 Spanishspeaking counselors, as well as interpretive services for a wide variety of languages. For more information, call 800-QUIT-NOW or visit Michigan.gov/tobacco. G.G.

80s In The Hole celebration of the Flint River

FLINT — Eighties era icons have been popping up all over downtown Flint this week to promote the second annual 80s in the Hole. This year, they’ve combined all the great 80s music, cars, and hair to celebrate all the wonderful things happening in and along the Flint River.

The combined 80s in the Hole takes place June 28 from 5:30-11 p.m. at Kettering University’s Atwood Stadium.

Activities will include:

Best Dressed contest – winner will receive two tickets to see Hootie and Blowfish and Barenaked Ladies at DTE Music Theater on Aug. 16.

Local food and other vendors; beer tent for guests 21 and over.

VIP parking and awards for any 80s era car – motor on down in your DeLorean or your IROC-Z and bag a radical parking spot.

Featuring the incredible 80s sounds from RockStar – nominated as Outstanding Tribute Band for the 2019 Detroit Music Awards.

All this and more for only $10 per person!! Grab your friends and come out for a Totally Tubular night!!

Sponsors of the event include: Kettering University, the Greater Flint Arts Council Parade of Festivals Program, Charlese Stewart Mott Foundation, Goyette Mechanical, Randy Wise Automotive Team, Applegate Chevrolet, CN Railroad, Michigan UAW CAP Council, Hamo Law Firm, Dr. Bobby Mukkamala, Northgate, Piper Legal, Victor and Inga Rabinkov, Team One Credit Union, Ven Johnson Law, Bennett Telephone Answering Service, ELGA Credit Union, Dee Cramer, Gazall Lewis & Associates Architects, Mott Community College, Ortho Michigan, Piper Realty Company, Dr. Jawad Shah, SkyPoint Ventures, John Tosto, Town Center Family Dental, Al Serra Auto Plaza, American Auto Works, Kiran & Laxmi Devisetty, Hagerty Insurance, Michael and Manisha Kia, Eric McCormick, Mid-States Bolt & Screw Co., MTA, Matt Norwood, Rowe PSC, Sewek Construction, Torch Bar & Grill, Wade Trim. — G.G.