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Health Department offers this New Year's resolution: Stop using tobacco!
JANUARY 1, 2013 – The benefits of quitting smoking can be detected within the first 20 minutes, according to the American Cancer Society. In that time, blood pressure drops and, within 24 hours, a person's chance of a heart attack has already decreased. The benefits continue for years, including reduced risk of lung cancer, stroke, and heart disease.
"New Year's Day is the single most popular day for giving up unhealthy habits,” said Linda Yaroch, Health Officer for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. “Quitting tobacco use provides immediate benefits and benefits that last a lifetime. It is the single best thing you can do for your health.”
There are several tools and resources available to help with becoming tobacco-free in 2013:
- The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Tobacco Quitline, (800) 784-8669 (800-QUIT-NOW), provides free telephone coaching for the uninsured and for those with Medicaid and Medicare, as well as free nicotine replacement medications for those who qualify. The Quitline includes extra help for pregnant and postpartum women. Information on quitting smoking and a free printable Michigan Smoker's Quit Kit are available through MDCH by visiting www.michigan.gov/tobacco.
- BecomeAnEX.org is a free, interactive Web site that shows smokers how to re-learn life without cigarettes. The site, developed by the American Legacy Foundation in partnership with the Mayo Clinic, offers a free, personalized quit plan and an online support community to help people prepare to quit and stay off tobacco.
- The American Cancer Society offers tools to help with quitting. For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345.
- Your individual health care provider can provide counseling, nicotine replacement medication, and referrals for other services.
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.