Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in Michigan. To speak with someone about any of these resources, please call Public Health Promotion and Prevention at 269-927-5622.
Quitting tobacco is a process. Help is available when you are ready to quit. Call the Michigan Tobacco Quit-Line at 800-784-8669 or enroll online to get help with each step in the quitting process.
The Michigan Tobacco Quit-Line provides free services for
- The uninsured
- Pregnant women
- Residents enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare
- Cancer patients
- Native Americans
When you enroll, you get:
- Special tools
- A support team of coaches
- Research-based information
- A community of others trying to become tobacco free
- Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Tobacco website: Quitting resources, information for health care providers and more.
- Smoke-free website: Resources for everyone. Scroll down for sites in Spanish, for women and teens.
- American Cancer Society offers quit tobacco resources.
- American Legacy Foundation offers online assistance and referrals to community programs.
- American Lung Association offers quit smoking classes, printed material, quit tobacco website.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has several free quit tobacco guides, booklets and fact sheets. It also offers a complete website dedicated to helping tobacco users quit.
More Information and Resources
- Clean Indoor Air Regulations: Information and resources on the Berrien County ordinance and State of Michigan Smoke Free Law
Smoking Cessation Classes
Smoking Cessation classes are taught by Public Health Promotion and Prevention facilitators certified by the American Lung Association.
The classes offer individuals a step-by-step plan for quitting smoking. The classes are based on the underlying premise that smoking is a learned behavior, a triggered behavior, and a social behavior. Quitting then becomes a process during which individuals must consciously unlearn the automatic behavior of smoking and substitute in its place, healthy new alternatives. We try to make quitting a less stressful experience and help the smoker figure out better ways to cope with situations that ordinarily trigger smoking.
The smoking cessation series includes eight (8) sessions taught as a group model with no more than ten (10) participants. Each session takes approximately an hour (1) to an hour and half (1 ½) to complete. The cost per participant is thirty ($30) which includes course materials, workbook, informational brochures, relaxation CD and a course-completion pin. Special accommodations may be made for business groups.
For more information or to schedule classes, please call Public Health Promotion and Prevention Program Support Specialist Jennifer Robbins at 269-927-5622 or email Jennifer Robbins.