Ingham County Health Department launches support group for quitting smoking

(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

LANSING, Mich. – In order to encourage smokers to quit, the Ingham County Health Department (ICHD) is now offering a free, weekly support group called Tobacco and You.

The group meets Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Forest Community Health Center at 2316 S. Cedar Street in Lansing.

The group is encouraging people attend the November 16 meeting in order to be prepared to quit for The Great American Smokeout on November 17. The group is offering Quit-Kits to help people quit for the Smokeout.

“The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity to remind tobacco users that there are resources available to help them quit, and to support tobacco users in their efforts to quit,” said Linda S. Vail, Ingham County Health Officer. “Quitting tobacco is the best thing you can do for your health.”

Tobacco use remains the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in Michigan, killing more than 16,200 residents each year. In Ingham County, 20.7% of adults, and 9.1% of youth smoke cigarettes.

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