Tobacco-free for the New Year

GENESEE COUNTY — The holiday season has arrived, and there is no better time for people to adopt a healthy, tobacco-free lifestyle.

Many people look to the New Year as a time to try something new, make positive changes, and support their loved ones in their efforts to make healthy decisions. The Genesee County Health Department urges tobacco users to quit and take advantage of the support that family and friends can provide while gathering together for the holidays.

Research shows that while quitting is difficult for most tobacco users, people who use tobacco can increase their success in quitting with help. Quitters are most successful when using a combination of therapies, including resources such as nicotine replacement, counseling, self-help materials, and a strong support network of family and friends.

“The holidays can be a stressful time, but smoking doesn’t have to be a part of them,” said John

McKellar, Health Officer. “Calling the Michigan Tobacco Quitline now can help people start 2019 tobacco free. Quitting tobacco today will lead to a lifetime of health benefits.”

The Michigan Tobacco Quitline is an evidence-based service that provides free telephone coaching for residents enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare, uninsured, pregnant, veterans, cancer patients, and American Indians. Free nicotine replacement therapy is available to those who qualify.

New this year is an interactive online program with the Quitline’s specially trained web coaches.

Healthcare providers can refer their patients and clients to the Quitline, and individual tobacco users can contact the Quitline directly at 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669), or enroll online at: michigan.quitlogix.org/.

Additional information, including a fax referral form for providers, is available at the website. Local tobacco cessation resources are available on the Genesee County Health Department website at gchd.us/resources/smoking cessation-resources/.

Details: Call 810-341-5900. — G.G.

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