Tobacco Prevention

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in Michigan.

In Washtenaw County, 15% of adults smoke cigarettes, up from 12% in 2010. This is the first time the smoking rate has increased since the Washtenaw County Health Department began collecting data through the Health Improvement Plan survey in 1995.

Vaping and E-cigarettes

For information on vaping and e-cigarettes, as well as the severe lung injuries associated with electronic cigarettes or vaping visit https://www.michigan.gov/ecigarettes.

Youth under age 18 who want to stop using tobacco products, especially electronic cigarettes like JUUL can text "Start My Quit" to 855-891-9989. Or enroll in the My Life, My Quit program online.

Quitting Tobacco

Quitting tobacco is a process. Help is available when you are ready to quit. Call the Michigan Tobacco Quitline at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) or enroll online to get help with each step in the quitting process. 

Free Services

The Michigan Tobacco Quitline provides free services for: 

  • The uninsured
  • Pregnant women
  • Residents enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare
  • Veterans
  • Cancer patients
  • Native Americans

When you enroll, you get: 

  • Special tools
  • A support team of coaches
  • Research-based information
  • A community of others trying to become tobacco free

Overcoming Common Barriers

The expert coaches can talk to you about overcoming common barriers, such as: 

  • Dealing with stress
  • Fighting cravings
  • Coping with irritability
  • Controlling weight gain

Telephone Program

The free telephone service allows you to speak to a coach in person. Through the telephone program, you may be eligible to receive a supply of gum, patches, or lozenges. Calls are answered 24/7 in multiple languages and text messaging is also available. Visit the Michigan Tobacco Quitline online services to see success stories and to enroll.

Additional Resources to Help You Quit Smoking

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