Smokers urged to use Nov. 17 to ‘quit for a day’

November 11, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

The American Cancer Society recognizes Nov. 17 as this year’s Great American Smokeout, and as the day approaches, the MHealthy Tobacco Consultation Service is offering the university community a number of services and resources to help smokers plan to quit.

Wall of Inspiration

Anyone visiting the Towsley Center at UMHS this month can stop by to view the Tobacco Consultation Service’s Wall of Inspiration display. It features testimonials from TCS clients who have been successful at quitting tobacco, like Sheila Lorenzen, a former University Hospital patient.

“This program taught me how to be a non-smoker, prepared me for any challenges I would face, and made a game plan for when times get stressful,” said Lorenzen. “I have now been a non-smoker for six months and it has totally changed my life. I can now do the things I couldn’t do for years, like chase and play with my granddaughter.”

The wall also includes information and resources that can help anyone who wants to live tobacco-free.

Webinar for tobacco professionals

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently finalized a rule that extends its regulatory authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, and hookah and pipe tobacco, as part of its goal to improve public health.

TCS and the FDA Center for Tobacco Products are holding a free, 60-minute webinar from 1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Tuesday for professionals working in tobacco treatment, prevention and advocacy. The webinar will discuss the FDA’s new Tobacco Rule, its components, what regulations are currently in place and what regulations are still to come.

Kate Collins, regulatory counsel in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products, will lead the discussion. Collins has extensive knowledge of the proposed and final rules deeming tobacco products to be subject to FDA’s Tobacco Control Act.

Attendance is free, but registration is required. To register, email

Quit kits

To help smokers make a plan to quit smoking, TCS also offers an online virtual quit kit with tools to help tobacco users “Quit For A Day.” Physical quit kits are also available through TCS and U-M health care providers.

One-on-one counseling

University faculty, staff and their spouses can also get free, one-on-one individual counseling focused on the body, mind, and social reasons for using tobacco.


TCS experts are available to attend staff meetings for 5- to 10-minute presentations to talk about the resources available through the program.

To find even more tobacco-related resources, check out the TCS website.