More calls to the Michigan Tobacco Quit Line after Smoke-Free Air Law Takes Effect

Contact: James McCurtis, Jr. (517) 241-2112
Agency: Community Health

May 24, 2010

Three weeks after the smoke-free law took effect, the Michigan Tobacco Quit Line is already seeing an impact. More calls are coming into the state's quit line from smokers who are motivated to kick the habit because of the new law.

"We have seen a 20 percent increase in calls since April 26," said Karen Brown, tobacco use treatment specialist for the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH). "We are excited to see more people taking advantage of this opportunity to improve their health by quitting smoking."

"According to a study in the American Journal of Public Health, smokers employed in locations with strong smoke-free workplace ordinances were 38 percent more likely to quit over a 6-month period than those in regions with no such laws," said Dr. Greg Holzman, chief medical executive for MDCH. "Many people find that no longer having the triggers to smoke while on the job aids them in quitting for good."

For Michigan residents who are ready to quit smoking, the MDCH Tobacco Quit Line, 1-(800) QUIT-NOW (784-8669), continues to provide free information and referral. Counseling and other services are available to Medicaid, Medicare, county health plan, and uninsured callers. In addition, county health plan and uninsured individuals may qualify for free nicotine replacement therapy through the Quit Line. Quit tobacco brochures, pamphlets and a free printable Michigan Smoker's Quit Kit are also available from MDCH by visiting: www.michigan.gov/tobacco.