A standing room only crowd recently attended "Treating Tobacco Dependence In Michigan: Implementing Effective Cessation Interventions and Systems", at Otsego Memorail Hospital, presented by Greg Holzman, MD, Chief Medical Officer for the State of Michigan. His primary message was to encourage health care providers to use proven strategies to help their smoking patients quit.
Holzman emphasized tobacco dependence is a chronic disease, similar to diabetes, heart failure, and hypertension. Like those diseases, treating tobacco dependence requires a variety of interventions, he said. He encouraged health care providers to systematically offer to help their smoking patients to quit, combining prescription and over-the-counter medications with supports like the free Michigan Tobacco Quitline at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669). Contact your local hospital for upcoming smoking cessation. For additional information, telephone Teresa Sington, Tobacco Control Program Coordinator, at the Health Department of Northwest Michigan at 231-533-1012.