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Health Department of Northwest Michigan
serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego Counties
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New Year is a great time to quit smoking

(December 30, 2008) In recognition of New Year's resolutions to quit smoking and spit tobacco, the Tobacco Reduction Coalition of Northwest Michigan is encouraging people to take steps to make their resolution successful. Contacting the Michigan Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or contacting your physician for counseling and pharmacotherapy increases your chances of quitting tobacco use for good.

According to the American Cancer Society the benefits of quitting tobacco use are immediate. Within 20 minutes blood pressure drops and within 24 hours a personís chance of heart attack decreases. The benefits continue for years, including reduced risk of lung cancer, stroke, and heart disease.

"The holidays can be a stressful time, but smoking doesn't have to be a part of them," said Teresa Sington, who coordinates tobacco control activities for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. "The Michigan Tobacco Quitline provides free counseling and referral to Michigan residents. After all, New Year's Day is the single largest day for giving up unhealthy habits."

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. For more information, call Sington at 231-533-1012 or call the Michigan Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.