Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy Offered Throughout February

Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy Offered Throughout February

Pontiac, Mich., Feb 19, 2016 –The Michigan Tobacco Quitline will offer eight weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy to anyone who calls and enrolls throughout the month of February to celebrate the Tips From Former Smokers campaign. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Tobacco Quitline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be reached at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or 1-855-DEJELO-YA (1-855-335356-92).

“This free supply of nicotine replacement therapy is a great opportunity to make the choice to quit smoking” said George Miller, director of Oakland County Department of Health and Human Services. ”Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States.”

In Michigan, 16,200 residents die every year from smoking-related diseases.  It kills about 480,000 Americans each year.  For every person who dies from a smoking-related disease, about 30 more people suffer at least one serious illness from smoking.  Nearly 70 percent of smokers say they want to quit.

More than 30 people have leant their voice and story to the Tips campaign since 2012. Each real story represents thousands of Americans suffering from similar illnesses caused by smoking. Make a healthy choice by calling the Michigan Tobacco Quitline to receive eight weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy.

For more information about the campaign, including profiles of former smokers, links to ads and more, visit www.cdc.gov/tips. For more information about tobacco in Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/tobacco.     

For media inquiries only, contact George Miller, director of Oakland County Department of Health and Human Services, at 248-858-1293.