Ready to quit tobacco? Start on Nov. 19

November 17, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the country. 

If you’re thinking about quitting tobacco (including cigarettes, smokeless, cigars, pipes, vapes), Nov. 19 may be a good time to start your journey. The Great American Smokeout, held every year on the third Thursday in November, is an opportunity to join millions of people who are on the same path as you.

Whether you plan to quit on Nov. 19 or any other day, know that you don’t have to go it alone. The university offers a number of programs and resources to help you, including:

MHealthy Tobacco Consultation Service (TCS) 

Get free, one-on-one individual counseling focused on the body, mind and social reasons for using tobacco. Available to faculty and staff, and their spouses or other qualified adults. TCS gives you the skills needed to help you quit, and stay quit. For more information, call TCS at 734-998-6222 or visit the website.

Zero copay for smoking cessation medications

Eligible U-M drug plan members who want to quit tobacco can get prescription and over-the-counter smoking cessation medications like nicotine gum, patches and lozenges with no copay.    

Tobacco I.Q. online challenge

Think you know the truth about tobacco? Find the right answers to tobacco-related myths and misconceptions by taking the newly updated Tobacco I.Q. Online Challenge. The quiz only takes a few minutes and tests your knowledge about smoking, quitting, vaping and more. You might be surprised at what you learn!

Towsley Center wall display

If you are visiting the Towsley Center in November, stop by to view the Towsley wall to view testimonials, reasons to quit and resources that can help anyone who wants to live tobacco-free.

Virtual quit kit

This “virtual” quit kit includes helpful information and tools to help you ‘Quit for A Day.’

Cancer Prevention 101: Smoking cessation

Quitting smoking can greatly reduce your risk of cancer, especially lung cancer, which is the leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women. In this Facebook Live, Michigan Medicine pulmonologist, Doug Arenberg, M.D., and TCS tobacco specialist Alena Williams, M.S.W., NCTTP, answered questions on the benefits of quitting smoking for lung cancer prevention as well as other diseases. Courtesy of the U-M Rogel Cancer Center.

Tobacco, cancer and minorities

Learn about tobacco and its connection to cancer and influences in minority communities. This podcast interviews TCS tobacco specialist Alena Williams, MSW, NCTTP. Courtesy of the Rogel Cancer Center’s “Three P’s of Cancer” podcast series.

View more tobacco-related resources on the MHealthy Tobacco Consultation Service website.