Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in Michigan.
In Washtenaw County, 15% of adults smoke cigarettes, up from 12% in 2010. This is the first time the smoking rate has increased since the Washtenaw County Health Department began collecting data through the Health Improvement Plan survey in 1995.
Vaping and E-cigarettes
For information on vaping and e-cigarettes, as well as the severe lung injuries associated with electronic cigarettes or vaping visit https://www.michigan.gov/ecigarettes.
Youth under age 18 who want to stop using tobacco products, especially electronic cigarettes like JUUL can text "Start My Quit" to 855-891-9989. Or enroll in the My Life, My Quit program online.
Quitting tobacco is a process. Help is available when you are ready to quit. Call the Michigan Tobacco Quitline at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) or enroll online to get help with each step in the quitting process.
The Michigan Tobacco Quitline 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
Overcoming Common Barriers
The expert coaches can talk to you about overcoming common barriers, such as:
- Dealing with stress
- Fighting cravings
- Coping with irritability
- Controlling weight gain
The free telephone service allows you to speak to a coach in person. Through the telephone program, you may be eligible to receive a supply of gum, patches, or lozenges. Calls are answered 24/7 in multiple languages and text messaging is also available. Visit the Michigan Tobacco Quitline online services to see success stories and to enroll.
Additional Resources to Help You Quit Smoking
- Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Tobacco website: Quitting resources, information for health care providers and more.
- Smokefree website: Resources for everyone. Scroll down for sites in Spanish, for women and teens.
More Information and Resources
- Clean Indoor Air Regulation: Information and resources on the Washtenaw County ordinance.
- Substance Use Prevention and Treatment: Substance use prevention and treatment services are provided by the Community Mental Health Partnership of Southeast Michigan. Call 734-344-6079 or 888-566-0489 to access treatment services.