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Quitting Tobacco or Nicotine
Quitting tobacco (smoking or vaping) is a process. Getting help can help you stop for good.
This is a difficult process. Your body is physically dependent on nicotine and the rewarding feeling that smoking can bring.
Did you know?
- The average person tries quitting at least six times before they are able to stop for good.
- When trying to quit, it’s common to stop for a few days or weeks, but most people will start smoking again within three months after quitting.
- Many smokers who continue to try to quit can succeed--more than 60% of US adults who ever smoked are now former smokers.
Youth under age 18
The My Life, My Quit program is free and confidential. Youth who want to stop using tobacco products, including vapes like JUUL or PuffBar can text "Start My Quit" to 855-891-9989. Or enroll online.
Call the Michigan Tobacco Quitlink at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) or enroll online to get help with each step in the quitting process.
Free services for:
- People who are uninsured
- Pregnant women
- Residents enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare
- Cancer patients
- Native Americans
When you enroll, you get special tools to help you quit, a support team of coaches, research-based information, and a community of others trying to become tobacco free. Expert coaches can help dealing with stress, fighting cravings, coping with irritability, and controlling weight gain.
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 Quitlink online services to see success stories and to enroll.
New Michigan Quit Menthol Program
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, menthol in cigarettes can make it more difficult to quit smoking. People who smoke menthol cigarettes can be less likely to successfully quit than people who smoke non-menthol cigarettes.
The Michigan Tobacco Quitlink is now offering an incentive program for those who use menthol and want to quit tobacco to encourage more people to make a quit attempt. This program will continue as the budget allows. Enrollees will receive $10 after completing the first coaching call, $15 after the second coaching call, and $25 after the third coaching call for a total of $50.
See a printable list of local quitting resources here.