Be a quitter on Nov. 18

November 9, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

If you’re thinking about quitting tobacco (including cigarettes, smokeless, cigars, pipes, vapes), Nov. 18 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.

Quitting is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the country. 

Whether you are thinking of quitting on Nov. 18 or any other day, 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.    

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 recorded 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 Rogel Cancer Center.

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 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!

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